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MAGFest 2016 and the Future of Gaming

MAGFest, short for Music and Gaming Festival, occurred last weekend at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Maryland. With a multitude of attendees and contributors, MAGFest is the largest gaming festival in the DC Metro area. Not only can attendees play popular titles against each other, but they can also discover upcoming indie games curated by the MAGFest staff. These games range from smartphone puzzle games to intense RPGs, with over 50 games selected to showcase at the festival. Attendees were able to attend panels led by the developers and experience the games first-hand in the 24-hour Indie Arcade.

Tech Startups on the Rise Across the DC Metro Area

You don’t have to look much further than Jeff Bezos’ recent purchase of venerable media titan The Washington Post to understand that technology is literally becoming interwoven within the District’s DNA. A recent report put out by the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation and Engine, a policy coalition that represents the interests of startups, indicates that the rise of the technology industry in the DC metropolitan area should come as no surprise. In fact, the District and our surrounding area rank fifth nationwide among metropolitan areas in terms of the geographic density of information and communications technology (ICT) startups.

This finding reflects seriously on the potential that tech entrepreneurs see for growth of their businesses in the Washington region. Many likely recognize that in addition to ample investment interest from venture capitalists, it will not hurt to be close to the action when some of the most significant tech policy decisions of our generation are debated on Capitol Hill.