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Puerto Rico Pays Out First Game Dev Tax Credits

by Eric Frederiksen | December 18, 2014December 18, 2014 3:30 pm PST


Will Puerto Rico become one of the next hotbeds of game development? According to a report from GamesIndustry International, the Puerto Rico Film Commission paid out its first game developer incentives.

The PRFC said that they “believe in video games as the next frontier for economic growth in the entertainment industry,” and that they think as developers start taking advantage of it, they’ll start bringing development to the country.

One element they hope adds further incentive to the deal is the lower cost of labor there. The PRFC claims the average wage for a programmer in the U.S. is just over $80,000 while one in Puerto Rico is closer to $45,000.

Breach TD, a free-to-play game from Rhino Games, is the first title to receive the credits as well as the first to apply for them. The game is a “mix of tower defense, MOBA, and real-time strategy elements,” and is currently in a closed beta test.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...