Retro, Bioware, Blizzard, and EA all hanging out in Austin, maybe the rest of the country should be following the economic model that Texas has provided.
Publisher's latest expansion to bring 300 new jobs to Texas capital; pro-industry efforts of Governor Rick Perry a factor.
EA Sports is getting an expansion team, as the Austin-American Statesman reports that Electronic Arts has committed to opening up a new studio deep in the heart of Texas. The Austin-based studio is expected to add 300 jobs to the publisher's presence in the Texas capital, joining fellow EA shop BioWare Austin.
About half of the new jobs are expected to be full-time positions, with the remainder being contract work. EA has also already started the hiring process, although it's not clear when the studio is expected to be fully staffed.
An official announcement about the studio is expected to be made later today with Texas Governor Rick Perry. The governor, who has been speculated as making a run for the 2012 Republican nomination for president, has advocated tax incentives for game publishers for years.
In a keynote address at the 2008 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Perry pitched developers on bringing their business to the Lone Star State. Earlier this year, he also pushed the Texas legislature to preserve the state's Emerging Technology Fund, which has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to companies developing and commercializing new technologies.
EA Games president Frank Gibeau told the paper that Perry's efforts were a factor in the publisher's decision to set up shop in Austin, along with the local talent base and the state's business-friendly climate. He also declined to specify which projects the studio would be put to work on first.
At least there's now a chance EA will have an event there instead of Dallas or Houston. Other than that, I couldn't care less.
@jmc88888 Sad but true. I'm sick of Video Game companies being more important then everyday citizens. I mean, it's definately more important to cut grandmas social security but heaven forbid BILLIONAIRE companies have to pay their fair share. This is why I don't vote for conservative candidates...
Next up, the theory goes, someone else will give even greater tax incentives, for them to move from Texas to somewhere else, leaving texans in the lurch, and this process overall repeating, until there is 0 percent tax rate, and we start giving subsidies (pure corporate welfare), for the honor of the business to go there. That is until our asinine free trade policies cause those jobs to go somewhere where even those subsidies are eclipsed by slave labor. Oh yes, it is nothing more than a game, and the people are cheering for their own throat to be slit for dogmatic sophistry. Enjoy the hell, you did it to yourself, because you believed bull crap, was caviar, and treated it like it was the word of god. Glass-Steagall or die. (and you very well may in the future, like others in the world currently are)
Gov. Perry is a fascist, and just because it is in the minds of idiots that bending over for corporations is 'pro-business' and thus is what should be done, doesn't make it true. Perry is an idiot, who uses sophistry and lies This doesn't make him any worse than say NerObama who just as easily bends over for big business, just in some cases not as far, and in other cases just as far if not farther. Glass-Steagall must be passed, or there will be very little 'business' going on, as there will be no recovery, because nothing that needs to be changed, has been changed. Because of this, expect the ongoing depression, to far surpass that of the 1930's. Glass-Steagall or new dark age. Gov. Perry? As clueless as the rest of them on ALL SIDES.
Anybody who would thumbs down me for calling Perry a D-bag obviously either doesn't live in Texas or is one of the stellar intellect folks that think he'd make a great president. Just because he likes to take credit for stuff like this doesn't make him a great leader. Check his record if you don't believe me. You can find it in the reference section at your local library under liars, thieves and hypocrites; also known as politicians.
@monson21502 - You don't know what you're talking about. The people you are referring to don't have the background to get these kinds of jobs.
@monson21502 no not really because you need some kind of college degree and most non Americans there don't have em. I could totally be racist right now but i will be nice and because you say anything you get modded on here.
great news for people in need of jobs bad news is most will go to non americans that floods the state of texas
Excellent news for Austin, TX. 300 jobs of anything really is excellent news in this economic climate.
I'm wondering how this studio is going to tie-in with EA Tiburon, the existing flagship developer for EA Sports?
Awesome. I'm getting into game development as a programmer and this is great news for me and for gaming in Texas. Woot! Nice one Ricky.
why can't they expand closer to me...actually, they do have offices here, I just don't have the skills they want :)
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