Video game developer High Voltage Software Inc. will expand into New Orleans in January with the opening of a video game development studio in the Central Business District, Gov. Bobby Jindal and company CEO Kerry Ganofsky announced Wednesday.
The company, which is based in the Chicago area, is expected to employ 80 people in New Orleans. It now employs more than 100 people at its Illinois headquarters.
The company creates games designed to be played on game consoles like Wii and Xbox and on mobile devices. It has produced more than 95 titles and worked with well-known brands including “Star Wars,” “Toy Story,” “Batman” and LEGO.
Employees will earn salaries ranging from $50,000 to $120,000, Louisiana Economic Development said in a news release. The company plans to lease a suite in the Place St. Charles office tower.
In a selection process led by Greater New Orleans Inc. that began in October 2013, New Orleans bested cities in Georgia, Florida and Texas to win the studio.
As a software developer, High Voltage likely will utilize the state’s Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive program, which provides a tax credit of 25 percent of qualified digital interactive media expenditures made in Louisiana and a 35 percent tax credit for payroll expenditures for Louisiana residents.
High Voltage also will receive a $150,000 performance-based grant for moving expenses and access to the state’s FastStart program to find employees.