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.