An increasing number of states are offering tax breaks to game developers, but Savannah, Georgia is offering something extra – free office space for a year.
Non-profit group The Creative Coast Alliance and the Savannah Economic Development Authority have teamed up on the incentive program in order to attract game developers to the Georgia city.
The free space is located in the Game Development and Digital Media Center which is presently being constructed in an upscale, riverfront office building. Officials are also touting Savannah’s lower cost of living as compared to other game development hubs, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and Montreal.
Game designer Brenda Brathwaite, who chairs the Interactive Design and Game Development department at the Savannah College of Art and Design, commented on the city’s advantages:
Savannah has what game development companies need in talent, tech and quality of life. In
today’s economy when so many developers are laid off and looking for that silver lining, the Savannah offer is incredibly welcome and offers developers a chance to start a studio on more stable footing.
On a related note, game developers may also qualify for Georgia state tax incentives of up to 30%.