High Voltage Software Inc. will establish a new video game development studio, with plans to create 80 jobs in New Orleans, Louisiana. The firm plans to lease a suite in Place St. Charles in the city’s Central Business District.
“In the New Orleans game development studio, High Voltage Software is thrilled to continue creating new original IP (intellectual property) for digital, console and mobile platforms while expanding research and development efforts on the bleeding edge of gaming technology,” High Voltage Software Inc. CEO Kerry Ganofsky said. “We are overjoyed to be a business partner in the city of New Orleans and to be a leader in the growing technology community in Louisiana. Likewise, we see potential for meaningful and valued long-term relationships with higher education institutions in the state to enhance software engineering programs for students. The opportunities in New Orleans are truly incredible.”
Louisiana Economic Development began discussing site selection possibilities with HVS in October 2013. To secure the project, the State of Louisiana offered HVS a competitive incentive package that includes a performance-based $150,000 grant to reimburse relocation expenses, along with the comprehensive solutions of LED FastStart. In addition, the company is expected to utilize Louisiana’s Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive.
Governor Bobby Jindal said, “Today’s announcement is great news for New Orleans and our 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.”
“GNO Inc. is proud to have led the team that brought High Voltage Software to New Orleans,” said President/CEO Michael Hecht of Greater New Orleans Inc. “High Voltage is one of the most-respected and enduring development studios in America, and their choice of greater New Orleans for expansion strongly validates the existing tech market here, and will undoubtedly catalyze further growth.”
“High Voltage Software Inc.’s investment in the city is another indication that New Orleans is on a roll – poised for sustained growth across industries,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “This expansion is providing high-wage jobs, creating unique opportunities for our residents and making a strong impact on the local economy. We will continue to identify opportunities to strengthen this vital industry by partnering with our state and regional stakeholders. We look forward to working with High Voltage Software as we connect our residents to the jobs and opportunities.”