Posted: Feb 10, 2014 12:27 PM by Russell Jones
BATON ROUGE - University and state officials dedicated the new Digital Media Center on LSU's campus today, which will be the permanent home for Electronic Arts' video game test facility as well as LSU's Center for Computation and Technology.
The state provided most of the funding for the Digital Media Center's construction after recruiting EA in 2008. On Monday, Governor Bobby Jindal said it will help keep students interested in high-tech careers in Louisiana.
"If students wanted to pursue careers in digital media and software, they would have to look outside our state," he said. "Now people can stay here in Louisiana to pursue the career of their dreams and raise their family at home."
The $29.3 million project began in 2011, and EA moved its testing facility into the center a year ago. They're expected to field a total of 400 to 600 employees, while about 190 LSU faculty, staff and students will also be located in the facility.
The center will also be home to the AVATAR initiative, in which faculty and students from different disciplines conduct research and complete projects in virtual environments, digital art, electro-acoustic music, animation, video game design and scientific visualization.