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EA Increases Campus Involvement With New LSU Facility

by Matt Bertz on Apr 15, 2011 at 01:02 PM

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Publisher Electronic Arts and Louisiana State University have received $30 million to build a new 94,000 sq. ft. media facility on the Baton Rouge campus.

According to The Advocate, the publisher has had a relationship with the university since 2008, when it opened an EA Sports testing facility on the campus. With that building nearing capacity, LSU is giving the greenlight to start construction on the new building this summer that will house EA and the Center for Computation and Technology. Once the building is constructed, EA will pay $465,000 a year to rent its share of the facility. The new building will allow EA to expand is operation by about 200 people, bringing its total number of employees up to 600.

The state has ramped up its efforts to court the game industry in recent years, signing a bill into law in 2009 that gives a 25 percent tax credit to interactive media businesses.

“This is an area we think we can be a significant and national player,” LSU Chancellor Michael Martin told The Advocate. “It’s important from an economic development standpoint, and it’s an important part of an academic area we plan to grow.”

The facility is scheduled to open in 2012.

Via: Joystiq