Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

October 5, 2009 -

A new Electronic Arts videogame testing facility located on the Louisiana State University campus has the state of Florida worried about a full-court press to lure developers to the Bayou State.

While EA was not looking to open a new testing center, reports the Orlando Sentinel, incentives signed into law earlier this year by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) were “too good to pass up.”  The facility at LSU should eventually grow to comprise 200 part-time student workers and 20 full-timers, some of who moved over from Maitland, Florida-based EA Tiburon.

Craig Hagen, EA's director of government affairs for North America, offered:

Florida is at risk of not being competitive with other states relative to these incentives programs. I understand the fiscal pressure that Florida faces, and it is a difficult thing, but they need to realize the economic incentives are what should grow the economy and turn the pressure down."

The article also notes that in order to prepare its students for jobs with developers, LSU is now offering a digital-media-based curriculum.


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Re: Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

I actually finished them game in one sitting when I was a kid... I tried to repeat this feat today after work and I got owned at the third stage LOL.

Re: Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

I loved Bayou Billy

Re: Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

Ugh, I remember wasting $2 renting that game.  Oops, I think I just dated myself...

"De minimus non curat lex"

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

Bayou Billy is one of my all-time NES favorites and I still have it. I'm sure people remember how hard the game was and I love that.

Re: Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

The second shooting level always pissed me off. 

Re: Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

That game is awesome and I own it. I just wish I had an NES with a working Zapper.

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Re: Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

You've gotta be kidding, that game was unbelievably frustrating.

"De minimus non curat lex"

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

Look up Spoony One's review of the game on youtube, it's hilarious. :)

Re: Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

 

Those evil Republicans offering Tax Incentives instead of taxing businesses till they go overseas, how dare these Republican States! Obama will provide!

Re: Developer Incentives Already Paying Off for Louisiana

Who cares? They got the Saints. And they're 4-0. Who dat!!

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