Koch Asks City of Champaign, Illinois to Help Pay For Expansion of Volition

Saints Row series developer Volition has asked the city of Champaign, Illinois, for around $200,000 in tax breaks and incentives, or – it says – it may have to move its headquarters out of the bustling downtown area of the city. Volition moved to its current location in 2004, and is has plans to expand, hiring around 100 new members.

But according to The News Gazette, Volition's new owner Koch Media says that such an expansion would be cost-prohibitive, so it has asked the city to help.

"The German company that owns them has indicated that they should select the most cost-effective location," a memo from city staff says – as reported on by The News Gazette. "Because of this, they are requesting that the city consider helping level the playing field between other locations and staying downtown."

The city of Champaign wants to keep Volition in the heart of the city, because according to a recent survey, employees from the studio spent around $375,000 on restaurants and retail stores in the area last year.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

Source: The News Gazette

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    prh99 says:

    All I have to say yippe kayay mother f****rs and don't let the door hit you on the way out.  This is getting pathetic, game developers begging for tax breaks to stay in an area.

    It going to cost them a fair amount of money to move even if they lease their offices and equipment, not to mention taking their current employees with them. I can't imagine they'll be thrilled with moving. Call their bluff.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    I don't. Government should not be in the business of handing money out to anyone at all, especially game developers. Just look at the Rhode Island / 38 Studios fiasco. Sure, they are only asking for $200,000 now, but what is to prevent that amount from doubling, tripling or whatever down the road? What happens if the company gets those tax breaks and they fold a year later?

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