EA Expands EA Sports With New Austin Facility

By Colin Tan on July 18, 2011, 3:33PM EDT

EA Sports will be expanding their presence in Austin, Texas with a brand new studio, announced the publisher today, opening up 300 new job opportunities for designers and engineers alike.

"On behalf of the State of Texas, I'd like to congratulate EA on expanding its presence in Austin, and welcome the quality jobs that will be created here as a result," said Texas Governor Rick Perry.

"Much like the video gaming industry, our state is built on the foundation of competition; thanks to our low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulatory climate, fair legal system and skilled workforce, we continue to attract companies from around the nation."

"Texas is where the game is being played. Whether we're talking about cutting-edge energy, bio-tech or video games, Texas is the perfect place."

Texas was ranked second in the nation in 2009 for computer and video game employees in 2009, according to the ESA. The state currently has 21 schools offering video game design for the 10/11 school year.

"We're really excited about it," EA Games President Frank Gibeau said. "Austin is a terrific place for us to do business. Frankly we just love building games in Austin. The talent is world-class and Perry and the Texas Legislature have created a very business-friendly environment for us."

"We are continually searching for the best talent in the industry and the best locations for our operations," Gibeau, said. "Governor Perry's leadership in passing the Texas Moving Image Production Incentive has created an economic environment that is very supportive of game development. Texas is a great place to make games "“ that's why EA is expanding here."

Source: EA.com

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