Electronic Arts to Move Florida Headquarters to Downtown Orlando
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that Electronic Arts will be moving its Florida location to downtown Orlando in a few years.
Yesterday, Electronic Arts (EA) and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that the video game publishing giant is planning to move its Florida headquarters to downtown Orlando’s Creative Village as early as 2021.
EA’s Florida studio, known as EA Tiburon, is responsible for, most notably, the Madden and NBA Live series. Currently, the studio is located in Maitland, Florida, which is about 15 minutes away by car from its new proposed location.
The move is convenient for game development students at the University of Central Florida, as the headquarter’s proposed location is located within the same plaza as both UCF’s Downtown Campus and its game development-focused graduate program, Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA).
As one might expect, the announcement of the move has gotten students excited, as having a major game studio located just steps away from FIEA is a huge deal.
“Having it right next to FIEA…is great because once students graduate out of these programs, they could possibly find opportunities with EA,” said Amy Maitre, a student at UCF’s Center for Emerging Media. “So having them close by is a nice, accessible thing to have for students.”
Carlos Torres, another student at the Center for Emerging Media, agreed and brought up transportation as an issue that this move is solving.
“I definitely think it’s going to be really great because not a lot of students necessarily have cars or access to reliable transportation to be able to go all the way to Maitland,” said Torres. “So not only has [the game design major] moved down here but now [EA] is moving down here, so that allows us more opportunities…and it affords more opportunities to people who couldn’t take advantage of it before.”
No set date has been announced for groundbreaking just yet, as the deal still has to be finalized. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Electronic Arts is planning for the building to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2021. If you want a reference for just how close the building will be to UCF’s Downtown Campus and FIEA, you can see in the image above.