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Streaming video game company moving to Baton Rouge

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Posted: May 25, 2011 3:02 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 25, 2011 3:02 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - A company that streams video games over the Internet announced today they will be relocating to Baton Rouge.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and leaders from around East Baton Rouge Parish welcomed BitRaider CEO Royal O'Brien to the Louisiana Technology Park this afternoon.

O'Brien announced that his company would be relocating to the park from Jacksonville, Fla., creating dozens of new high-tech jobs in the region.

"This is yet another example of emerging companies in digital media who see the attractiveness of Louisiana's support for this sector," said Gov. Jindal at today's announcement.

BitRaider would create 22 direct jobs at the tech park with average annual wages of $51,000 plus benefits, and invest $450,000 equipping its facility at the park. Louisiana Economic Development estimates they'll create an additional 35 indirect jobs in the regional economy.
O'Brien said the state's incentive programs were what caused them to choose Louisiana over competing sites in Florida and Canada.

"It was a combination of the tax incentives and strong economic development programs, as well as the people and community we discovered here that persuaded us to relocate our fast-growth startup to Baton Rouge," he said.

BitRaider's software lets users begin playing online video games within minutes with multiple players, while other parts of the game download in the background. The expedited download can save game players hours and helps game developers attract and retain more users.

At the announcement, Gov. Jindal also said plans are proceeding to relocate Electronic Arts' testing facility from the LSU's South Campus to the new Digital Media Facility on the main campus. EA is expected to increase employment from 400 to 600 full- and part-time workers once that move is complete in 2012.

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