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Testronic Selects New Orleans, Louisiana, For Digital Games Testing Complex

11/08/2019
Testronic will launch a new 150-job testing facility for digital games in the New Orleans Exchange Centre, formerly Chevron Place in New Orleans, Louisiana.

According to Louisiana Economic Development, as one of the leading quality assurance firms in the digital gaming industry, Testronic provides outsourced testing services to a global game-development clientele.

Founded in 1998, Testronic is headquartered in the U.K., and has U.S. operations in Burbank, California. The company also operates other studios in Poland and Chile. Testronic will make a $500,000 capital investment to build-out space in the Exchange Centre.

“We’re thrilled to officially launch our North American Games QA facility in New Orleans, and we want to thank the State of Louisiana, GNO, Inc., and the City of New Orleans for their shared commitment and partnership,” said Vice President of Business Development Mike Betti. “The center is integral to Testronic’s strategic growth objectives: delivering industry-leading testing and localization solutions to our clients, and creating new opportunities for current and future employees. New Orleans was an ideal choice due to its strong talent pool and friendly business environment.”

Upon ramping up to full employment at its New Orleans facility in 2022, the company will produce an annual payroll of more than $5 million, Louisiana Economic Development estimates.

To secure Testronic’s investment in New Orleans, the State of Louisiana is providing the company with a competitive incentive package that includes the comprehensive workforce development solutions of LED FastStart, the state workforce training program. Testronic also is expected to utilize the state’s Digital Media incentive.

“Testronic’s decision to locate their new testing lab in New Orleans is yet another validation of our decade-long effort to make Greater New Orleans and Louisiana a new hub for technology and innovation,” said President & CEO Michael Hecht of GNO Inc. “Significantly, the Testronic jobs will provide economic opportunities for many across our region to build and grow their careers. The attraction of a global videogame service provider will further support GNO Inc.’s efforts to build out the videogame sector throughout the region, underscoring our mission to provide a thriving economy that allows everyone to participate and prosper.”

“New Orleans has emerged as a leading hub for new investments in digital media and software development, and this investment from Testronic is the latest in a series of victories for Louisiana’s growing digital media industry,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “Testronic provides quality assurance services to companies who are at the cutting-edge of digital gaming products, and New Orleans is the ideal setting for their new testing facility. I am proud to have seen this field’s tremendous growth over the past few years as we actively diversify Louisiana’s economy.”

“We are encouraged by Testronic’s vote of confidence in New Orleans,” said Quentin L. Messer, Jr., President & CEO of New Orleans Business Alliance. “This project win is not only further validation of the city’s growing recognition as a tech hub but also a win for many friends and neighbors who are hungry for the chance to enter the technology industry professionally. While quite demanding, Testronic’s jobs are accessible for a wide range of skills and will be the first step into tech for countless New Orleanians.”

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