Will EA build a new game dev studio in Atlanta?

When Electronic Arts shut down Pandemic Studios last month, one of the reasons cities was that their California location was simply getting too expensive to support. Even though EA is supposedly going through a restructuring that will result in another 1,500 of their team members losing their jobs, they are apparently looking to build a new game development studio in a cheaper setting.

The Atlanta Business Journal reports that EA is looking at a site in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area for a possible studio that could hire up to 300 people. Sites in Savannah, Georgia as well as Louisiana and Florida are also being considered. Georgia already has a tax credit program in place that saves game developers up to 30 percent. The metro Atlanta area is already home to game developers like Hi-Rez Studios, Tripwire Interactive and CCP.

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