Game developer to put new studio in Baton Rouge

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Posted: Dec 7, 2010 3:39 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Dec 7, 2010 3:39 PM
Source: Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce

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BATON ROUGE – A video game developer based in the U. K. is now the newest addition to the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge.

Representatives from Firebrand Games and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber made the announcement with parish officials earlier today. They said Firebrand would locate a new digital media studio at the Park that would employ around thirty staff members, and open this January.

"We have attracted a worldwide leader in game design, with a payroll expected to exceed $1.5 million annually and a start-up date in January,” said EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden. “This announcement means more good jobs and good news for the Baton Rouge economy, and one more reason young professionals are choosing to live and work in our city and parish."

Firebrand, which is based in Scotland, designs racing games for Nintendo systems but reportedly plans to expand to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Their previous titles include Grid, Race Driver, DiRT and Need for Speed, as well as all console versions of Trackmania. They have a second studio in Merritt Island, Fla.

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