Louisiana is a state that in many ways is close to my heart, considering it is where my lovely wife hails from. But, in other ways, too – it has great food, great cities and a great culture. But, did you also know it’s probably one of the best states in the country to set up shop as a game developer or publisher? That’s right, it already offers one of the best tax credits for game developers anywhere in North America.
However, not many developers have made the move down to the boot. Electronic Arts has a testing facility on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, which is about it for the time being. To sweeten the pot, the state’s governor, Bobby Jindal, has recently signed a bill that allows companies to take this tax credit in cash to put right back into funding game development projects. Will this cause more developers to move into the state? Who knows, but Gameloft already has plans for a New Orleans-based facility. Perhaps we’ll see others move in as time passes? Will the future of E3 be in New Orleans? I, for one, sure hope so.