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Schilling Meets With RI Development Agency On Video Game Company’s Future

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Curt Schilling (Christian Petersen/Getty Images Sport)

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By ERIKA NIEDOWSKI,  Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and Rhode Island’s economic development agency met Monday to discuss the finances of his troubled video game company.

Schilling and the Economic Development Corp. board began a closed-door briefing on 38 Studios early in the evening.

Schilling last week briefed the Economic Development Corp. board on 38 Studios’ finances and asked for additional help to stay afloat after missing a $1.1 million payment to the state that was due on May 1.

The board has not acted on that request, but Gov. Lincoln Chafee, the board’s chairman, has said he doesn’t want to provide any more assistance to the Providence-based company.

“Ultimately, we want this to succeed,” Chafee said before Monday’s meeting.

38 Studios moved to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 2010 after the state offered a $75 million loan guarantee that officials said would mean several hundred high-paying jobs and millions in tax revenue. It has received about $50 million of that money to date, and told state officials it has spent it all.

Melissa Chambers, a spokeswoman for the economic agency, said she didn’t know if the board would take action on Monday night.

The company finally made the overdue $1.1 million payment to the EDC on Friday. The company had delivered a check to the agency Thursday only to acknowledge soon after there wasn’t enough money in the account to cover it. The check was returned.

State officials say 38 Studios also notified them last week the company would not be able to meet payroll.

Schilling has declined to comment.

Chafee opposed the loan guarantee deal in 2010 when he was campaigning for governor, calling it “one of the biggest risks I’ve ever seen.” But he said Friday he recognizes the need to protect the already steep public investment.

“We’re in deep,” he said.

Keith Stokes, the executive director of the Economic Development
Corp., resigned last week. One member of the EDC board voted
against the loan guarantee in 2010.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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