Digital Media Production in Texas
Texas industry has always attracted the most innovative companies and minds, which includes digital media production: animation, video games, visual effects (VFX), and extended reality (XR). With groundbreaking companies like Texas Instruments and id Software, Texas has played a major role in the computer and video game industries since the 1980s and continues to remain a growing hub for production.
Additionally, The Lone Star State is home to more than 130 animation, postproduction and visual effects companies that provide support and talent to the local and worldwide film, advertising, education, and video game industries.
Recent Texas Projects
Video games and XR production developed or published in Texas include Gearbox’s Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands (PC/PlayStation/Xbox), Armature’s Where the Heart Leads (PlayStation), Bethesda’s Deathloop (PC/PlayStation/Xbox), EA’s Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Eternal Throne (PC), Playful Studios’ New Super Lucky’s Tale (Switch), Bonus XP’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (Mac/PC/PlayStation/Switch/Xbox) and Stoic Studios’ The Banner Saga (PC). Also be on the lookout for recently announced and upcoming titles such as Bethesda’s Starfield and Arkane Studios’ Redfall.
Texas-made animated productions include Netflix's original series, Castlevania by Powerhouse Animation, RWBY by Rooster Teeth, YouTube Red's original series Kings of Atlantis by Mighty Coconut and the Golden Globe nominated The Book of Life by Reel FX as well as the Houston-set coming of age feature, Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure.
As one of the leading states in the nation for video game development, it goes without saying that Texas is also a magnet for XR production—virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Just a few recent titles include Mighty Coconut’s Walkabout Mini Golf (Steam VR/Oculus), Armature Studio’s Resident Evil 4 – VR (Oculus) / Sports Scramble (Oculus), and Owlchemy Labs’ Cosmonious High (Steam VR/Oculus).
Texas Film Commission Resources
Digital Media Jobs
A list of video game, animation and other digital media jobs in Texas.
Digital Media Companies
A list of video game, animation and other digital media companies in Texas.
An extensive list of video games dating back to 1981 that were developed in Texas.
Permits & Procedures
Texas permits and procedures relevant to digital media productions.
Guide to Starting a Business
Guide to starting a small business in Texas.
Video Games & XR Production Incentive
Information regarding the offered incentives for video game and XR production in Texas.
Animation & VFX Production Incentive
Information regarding the offered incentives for visual effects production in Texas.
Digital Media Scholarships (PDF)
A list of grant and crowdfunding resources not affiliated with the Texas Film Commission.
Colleges & Universities
A list of colleges and universities that offer digital media related programs and degrees.
A list of industry related organizations throughout Texas listed in the Texas Production Directory.