Ex-EDC Chief Played, Praised Schilling Game

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The first game released by Curt Schilling’s video game company impressed the head of the state’s economic development agency, months before he resigned over 38 Studios’ financial troubles and the company collapsed.

Keith Stokes, who resigned as Economic Development Corp. executive director in May, praised the “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” demo in a January email to 38 Studios CEO Jennifer MacLean and Schilling. He said he and his son were “most impressed” with the graphics and “combat action.”

Stokes helped lure 38 Studios to Rhode Island in 2010 with a $75 million loan guarantee. The company filed for bankruptcy in June.

Stokes said his family preordered the game.

MacLean thanked Stokes and said the game should be the “first of many successful releases.”

The emails were obtained under a public records request.

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