Never one to shy away from an open microphone, 38 Studios head Curt Schilling recently outlined an extremely confident vision for his company in Rhode Island at a Providence Business News’ Business Excellence Awards event.
Schilling, recipient of a $75 million loan from the state as a lure to move his company from Massachusetts to the Ocean State, offered, “My word on this: four to five to six years from now, we’re going to be looking back on this, and I know that 38 Studios will be one of the companies that will push and incentivize the Providence business community to become a national and global force.”
Rhode Island Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee, a vocal opponent of the loan to 38 Studios, was the subject of a jab by Schilling, who, when showing a screenshot of a fat giant fighting a much smaller opponent from the 38 Studios game Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, said, “That’s actually Governor-Elect Chafee and I on Election Day.”
Schilling also promised that his company would be heavily involved in the community, especially in philanthropic and charitable endeavors.
“Four or five” 38 Studios employees have already purchased homes in the Providence area and, for now, are commuting to Massachusetts added Schilling. An exact date for 38 Studios to take up residence in its new home has not yet been determined.