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