Take-Two moving QA studio to Las Vegas

Publisher's 2K label relocating its Northridge, California testing facility to Las Vegas through partnerships with the city.

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The rumor was right. Take-Two Interactive today confirmed that its 2K publishing label is planning to relocate its Northridge, California quality assurance studio to Las Vegas, Nevada. The move was made possible through partnerships with both the State of Nevada and the City of Las Vegas and is expected to be completed by early 2013.

Proposal documents that surfaced last week suggested the City of Las Vegas had offered Take-Two $600,000 in incentives to set up shop in Sin City. Take-Two did not reveal any monetary sum in its announcement today. Additionally, the earlier report stated 150 jobs would be created in the process, though Take-Two did not address this today.

According to 2K chief operating officer David Ismailer, the new facility in Las Vegas will be "significantly" larger and "more effective" than its current operation. The proposal documents state the facility will measure 24,700 square feet.

Las Vegas mayor Carolyn G. Goodman praised the move in a statement, and added that Take-Two's new outfit in the city may help attract other technology-based firms.

Las Vegas is not considered a game development hub, with Petroglyph (End of Nations, Rise of Immortals) the only major studio in the area. However, the city has hosted a number of game-related events including the inaugural Minecon, as well as the annual Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (D.I.C.E.) summit, to be held this year at the Hard Rock Hotel February 5-8, 2013.

Discussion

13 comments
mr_squibble
mr_squibble

This is merely a continuation of a trend as companies leave CA for a better business climate in other states. If it means the quality of the games do not suffer, and the employees have a better quality of life, then I am all for it. Still, I'd personally rather be relocated to Austin, TX than to Las Vegas, NV...

decoy1978
decoy1978

CA is a HORRIBLE state to set up a business. The cost of living is ridiculous and we just voted to increase tax so that kids can get better education from school without any help from the parent. 

 

2 bedroom 2 bathroom homes going for $500k! Srsly... and the job market is bleak here. 

 

EXCELLENT business move for Take-Two! Las Vegas is far, but not that far so that they skip out on E3

timoteo2k1
timoteo2k1

Too many taxes, too many moochers in Cali. Surprised this didn't end up in Texas like everyone else.

themyth01
themyth01

 Las Vegas is a smart decision since it has no State tax and the cost living is low enough that they can get away with having lower pay than in most other places, there's quite a few talented devs too thanks to the efforts of Zappos. Wish them well. 

ahpuck
ahpuck

 I'm not surprised. Voters just approved another Tax hike last night, I expect more people and companies to leave California soon.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

The new building will be featured in GTA V?

SolidTy
SolidTy

So Sin City is hosting a building for the publisher that built GTA? Seems appropriate

Johny_47
Johny_47

Don't they mean Las Venturas? =P

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

oh they will be testing alright they will even stay late at night to test better.

KD35RW0JH13
KD35RW0JH13

I wonder what's on the next Feedbackula

desauce
desauce

Can't wait for this to happen. I will be there the second they start doing any hiring. Stoked. 

 

JSusie
JSusie

Well, at least it's not a 70 million dollar loan.