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Virtual ribbon ‘cut’ for Game Space

It’s virtually official.

Buffalo Game Space, the grass-roots organization that raised $40,000 last year and moved to new offices at the Tri-Main Center, was officially welcomed Thursday by Mayor Byron W. Brown, who “cut” a virtual red ribbon at the Main Street facility.

Buffalo Game Space this weekend will host the “Serious Computer Game Design Competition,” a two-day contest to find the ultimate video game to promote diversity, job training and the City of Buffalo. Brown offered a top prize of $5,000 to developers of the winning video game, who will have 48 hours – 5 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday – to submit a prototype. Before detailing the rules of the competition, Brown cut the virtual ribbon and set off a minutelong video experience that ended with a round of fireworks – virtual, of course.

The $40,000 raised on Kickstarter enabled Buffalo Game Space to move from Sportszone at the Dome in the Town of Tonawanda to a 4,000-square-foot office suite on the fourth floor of Tri-Main.

The grand opening is at 7 p.m. March 28. The free event, open to adults age 18 and older, features playable game stations, 50/50 split tickets, basket raffle and prize drawings.

Local chiptune artist Danimal Cannon will perform.

Buffalo Game Space is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding local game development in Western New York. Its mission is to bring local developers together and provide them with classes and an open space to work and collaborate.