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EA Eyes GA, LA, and FL for New Studio

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports Electronic Arts is eyeing Atlanta, GA as a possible location for a planned new development center that will employ as many as 300, as they seek to relocate some of their game development efforts out of higher-priced areas like California, and, well, California. They say other areas being considered for the new studio include Louisiana, Florida, and Savannah, GA, and that Texas was in the running, but was dropped for some reason. Georgia recently enacted aggressive tax breaks for game development, and EA spokesman Jeff Brown says: "The tax credit is definitely one of the things that attracted us to Georgia." Thanks Edge Online.

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9. Re: EA Eyes GA, LA, and FL for New Studio Dec 22, 2009, 08:52 Dev
 
Infiniti:
Yeah I was just thinking "wait didn't they just close down a/some studios?"

Good ole EA, not really trying to disguise it much are they. "Let's fire all the high paid people who have been working here for years, and hire some of those fresh college grads who will work slaves hours for cheap, then we can make a few more bucks on Sims expansions"
 
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8. Re: EA Eyes GA, LA, and FL for New Studio Dec 22, 2009, 02:44 heroin
 
Savannah is probably actually a good bet for EA. Unfortunately, that bet is probably lost on the fact that a small unique city with a serious artschool bent probably won't want EA in their town (ie they'd probably protest EA's corrupt, exploitive past and present).  
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7. Re: EA Eyes GA, LA, and FL for New Studio Dec 21, 2009, 19:30 Nate
 
High taxes cause businesses to relocate. Just like it causes citizens to relocate.  
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6. Re: EA Eyes GA, LA, and FL for New Studio Dec 21, 2009, 18:42 nin
 
Step
1. Open studio in impoverished area
2. Try to entice devs to move to shitty area
3. ???
4. PROFIT!

Step 3 was "Fire everyone, close down studio, relocate elsewhere" BTW...
 
http://www.nin.com/pub/tension/
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5. Re: EA Eyes GA, LA, and FL for New Studio Dec 21, 2009, 17:53 Xyggy
 
Step
1. Open studio in impoverished area
2. Try to entice devs to move to shitty area
3. ???
4. PROFIT!
 
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4. Re: EA Eyes GA, LA, and FL for New Studio Dec 21, 2009, 16:20 Kosumo
 
Pirates as a market? I say pirates as a workforce I say, my pick is Somalia! Arrgh! Ahoy  
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3. Re: EA Eyes GA, LA, and FL for New Studio Dec 21, 2009, 15:56 Kxmode
 
The new studio will be called Eagalafl.  
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2. Re: EA Eyes GA, LA, and FL for New Studio Dec 21, 2009, 15:36 Infiniti
 
Uh, that's interesting as they already had an office here in Atlanta, and it's scheduled to close as of Dec 31st.  
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1. Re: EA Eyes GA, LA, and FL for New Studio Dec 21, 2009, 15:35 DrEvil
 
Good luck attracting talent to those places.  
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