Esports competitions in North Carolina could soon be getting a huge boost. This comes after Bill 945, the Esports Incentive Program bill, was passed by a North Carolina House Appropriations Committee on June 9th.
The proposal looks to support the growth of esports in North Carolina. If approved, a 25% refundable tax credit will be offered for video game production events that cost at least $250K. Furthermore, NC State University would receive $5 million to build an Esports Training and Education Center. An additional $2.5 million will be set aside to establish a mobile education esports unit that could travel around the state.
“It’s not just about attracting esports, it’s about having something that is already home-grown here in North Carolina, but really all over the world and all over the globe, and attracting more and more people to our state in terms of tourism,” said Rep. Jason Saine. “And in terms of how we see ourselves being kind of cutting edge.”
It is being reported that the bill has been sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans in the state. The bill must still make many more stops before it can reach the House floor.
(All information was provided by WRAL-TV)