In the weeks since Virginia Gov.
Terry McAuliffe (D) signed a law that allows anyone to participate in Virginia’s two largest online-gaming businesses, Vaiz and Steam, he has been vocal about the game industry and the state’s economic impact.
Now, McAuliffe is bringing the same attention to the game business, which is one of the most lucrative in the country, with a new plan to expand and grow the industry in the state.
“Virginia is the biggest game-industry state in the United States, and it’s very important that we continue to create jobs,” McAuliffe told Business Insider in an interview.
“Virginia has a very good job market.
I’m not going to take a position on any game-related issue that hasn’t been dealt with.
I want people to work, and that’s not the way we do things.”
The state’s two biggest online-game companies, Vaizei and Steamr, have been operating under different rules and regulations for years, and they have a history of running up a $40 million in annual revenue, according to a recent analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
But this week, they announced plans to expand to the West Coast and expand their presence on the East Coast, and McAuliffe said that “virtually every industry in this state” could be included in the effort.
“I think it’s about time we get back to having more opportunities for Virginia gamers,” he said.
The governor said that his plans were designed to create a stronger gaming ecosystem in Virginia and to create new jobs, not to replace existing ones.
“We have some amazing talent in our state and I want to give them a shot, but I want them to have a chance to be part of the game economy, and this is something that can be done right here,” he added.
Virginia’s online-games industry has seen a rapid growth in the past few years, with more than 500 games currently available for purchase on Steamr.
The company currently has more than 70,000 players across North America and Australia.
“It’s not just about the revenue that the companies are making.
They’re making an impact on local economies and local jobs, too,” said Lauren Siegel, executive director of the Virginia Gaming Alliance.
“There’s a tremendous opportunity here for Virginia, and we’re committed to supporting this growth.”
Siegel noted that the state has been expanding its online gaming presence for years.
“When you go to Virginia, you can’t find any other state that’s so digitally vibrant,” she said.
“This is a place that’s thriving with games, and people want to play games.”
She added that the game-makers were willing to create the infrastructure that was necessary to support a thriving industry in Virginia.
“You’re talking about $40 billion in revenue and $2 billion in job growth and all that stuff,” she told Business Insider.
“It’s a great industry, and the people are going to be doing it here, and I think the gaming industry is going to support them.”
The governor acknowledged that the industry would require new rules, but he said that it would take a lot of hard work to get there.
“The players will be the ones who are going out there and saying, ‘This is what’s really important here,'” he said, adding that “it’s just going to come down to them.
And that’s going to create some tension and some disagreement, and ultimately, it’s going be about the rules.”
The governor has faced pressure to tackle the online-gambling issue from a number of groups, including Virginia’s largest gambling association, the Gaming Commission of Virginia.
The commission has said that the online gambling industry is not an “economic engine” and has said it does not need regulation, but the governor has pushed back on the argument.
“I think the industry is thriving and it will continue to thrive, because we have so many talented people,” McAuliffe said.
“What is important to me is we’re going to keep our state’s industry thriving, and keep our residents and businesses in the Commonwealth.
And I’m going to do everything I can to get that done.”
While the online gaming industry has had a slow start, it has now reached $5.2 billion, according the Virginia-based Entertainment Software Association.
Virginia has more people playing online games than anywhere else in the nation.
A recent analysis from the Washington Post estimated that the U.S. had more than 30 million online-gamers in the fourth quarter of 2016, and in a few states, that number is growing faster than in Virginia alone.
Virginia is also the first state to pass a law allowing people to play online poker, and Vaizeie is already one of just two online-casino companies in Virginia, according, the New York Times.
In March, the state passed a law giving online poker players the right to transfer their winnings to a third party.
In a similar measure,