Big news for #NOLAtech: the Illinois-based independent game developer for all major platforms, High Voltage Software (HVS), will open a new studio in New Orleans.
HVS currently employs more than 100 of the game industry’s most talented individuals. Louisiana Economic Development said the company, which will begin hiring immediately, will create 80 additional jobs in the New Orleans area with salaries ranging from $50,000 to $120,000. Operations for are set to begin in January 2015.
The third party game developer is responsible for working with over 25 major brands–Star Wars, Toy Story, Batman and more– and shipping 95 game titles.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said that today’s announcement is great news for the entire state. “Software development, information technology and digital media companies are flocking to Louisiana because of our rapidly growing, technology workforce and strong tech business climate. Some of the world’s most-respected technology companies are proud to call Louisiana home and many leading digital media companies continue to grow in our state and help us grow our economy. We are proud that companies like HVS are investing in Louisiana and helping us continue to be the new frontier for digital investment. These technology expansions in our state mean future generations of Louisiana’s best and brightest can find their dream job without leaving the state they call home.”
HVS was offered an incentive package to help the state compete with other site selection possibilities in Georgia, Florida and Texas. The package includes a performance-based $150,000 grant to reimburse relocation expenses, along with the comprehensive solutions of LED FastStart, the nation’s top-ranked state workforce development program.