GameLoft Moves into New Orleans, Looks to Employ 150 Over 10 Years
As I reported on before, the state of Louisiana is doing its best to lure in videogame development houses. So far, EA has taken advantage of this by opening their North American QA facility on the Louisiana State University campus (which will shortly be expanded with another building). Another fairly large presence in the digital download and mobile market, GameLoft, is now moving into the area, opening a new facility in New Orleans.
The plan is that, over the next 10 years, they’ll employ approximately 150 people, which could fluctuate based on how their particular market expands or declines. My guess is that the digital download and mobile markets can only expand from here, but you never know.
Louisiana is attempting to compete with other areas of this country (states like Texas and Maryland), as well as other countries (specifically Canada) in giving the best tax breaks to videogame developers to draw interest of the industry to the area. Only time will tell if they succeed, but things are slowly starting to go in the right direction.