Talent, Incentives, and Infrastructure: Growing the Game Industry in Michigan

Gjon Camaj, CEO, Image Space, Inc.
Matt Toschlog, CEO, Reactor Zero
Tony Wenson, COO, Michigan Film Office
Brian Winn, Associate Professor, Michigan State University


Michigan has long been known as the heart of the U.S. auto industry. Its fortunes are tied tightly to the ups and downs of this industry. In the last decade (or more), with rising fuel costs, outsourcing of autoworker jobs, and factories being moved overseas, the Michigan economy have suffered tremendously.

Recently there have been efforts to reinvigorate the Michigan economy by diversifying and growing new high-tech, health, and entertainment industries. The game industry is one such industry that Michigan hopes to foster within the state. But how can this be achieved? Does Michigan have the talent, infrastructure, and incentives necessary to attract and grow a local game industry? This dynamic panel of Michigan game industry veterans, state leaders, and academics will explore answers to these very questions.