Gaming Incentives

Louisiana’s Digital Media Incentive is among the richest in North America, with rebates designed to keep your expansion costs low so your company can focus on growth and operations, and not expenses.

Interested in learning more about game development in New Orleans? We’ve got you covered.

Digi-Incentive

Up to 25%

Rebate on Payroll Expenses

About the Digital Interactive Media and Software Program
Louisiana’s Digital Interactive Media and Software Program, statutorily known as Digital Interactive Media and Software Tax Credit — the strongest of its kind in the nation — is helping innovative digital media and software development companies of all sizes gain a competitive edge.

  • Provides a 25% tax credit on qualified payroll for in-state labor and 18% for qualified production expenditures.
  • No cap and no minimum requirement.
  • Tax credit can be applied to state income tax liability and the state will refund any overages OR applicants can opt for 85% of the value earned as a rebate any time during the year.

The incentive is open to all companies producing digital interactive media products or platforms in Louisiana. Certain exclusions apply, such as static internet websites or software primarily designed for internal use, which are non-qualifying. Only work physically performed in Louisiana and only direct development equipment purchased through Louisiana businesses qualifies for the incentive.

Up to 18%

Rebate on Production Expenses

Qualifying development products include:

  • Digital Media and Games
  • Web-based and Mobile Applications
  • Consumer Software
  • Entertainment Software
  • Business and Enterprise Software
  • Interactive Devices and Consoles
  • Embedded Systems

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Entertainment-Incentive

Up to 20%

Rebate on Payroll Expenses

About the Entertainment Job Creation Program
The Entertainment Job Creation Program provides a tax credit on annual W2 wages to approved entertainment companies (known as a Qualified Entertainment Company or “QEC”) that create well-paid jobs for Louisiana residents.

  • The program provides a 15% credit for each new job whose QEC payroll is equal to or greater than $45,000 per year, up to $66,000 per year
  • Provides a 20% credit for each new job whose QEC payroll is equal to or greater than $66,000 per year, but no greater than $200,000 per year

Up to 15%

Rebate on Payroll Expenses

Job Requirements:

  • Create a minimum of five new direct jobs that meet or exceed a salary of $45,000 per year per person
  • These jobs must be full time, (full-time employees — working an average of 30 hours or greater per week)
  • Filled by residents of the state at the approved QEC’s physical location in Louisiana
  • Can NOT have existed previously on the QEC’s payroll in Louisiana, nor previously on the payroll of the QEC’s parent entity, subsidiary, or affiliate in Louisiana, or previously on the payroll of any business whose physical location and employees are substantially the same as those of the QEC in Louisiana

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