Construction begins on video game testing center

Published: Jul. 28, 2011 at 12:38 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2011 at 10:37 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In 2010, Louisiana came in third behind California and New York for top filmmaking locations in the country. A new project might make the state a leader in digital media.

"Today is really about establishing Louisiana as a leader in the digital media economy. Today is about creating world class facilities," said Governor Bobby Jindal.

Gov. Bobby Jindal joined city and LSU leaders Wednesday to break ground on the $29 million project.

The joint effort between the university, the state and the city started back in 2008 when EA opened the testing center on LSU's South Campus to keep up with the rapid growth of technology

"They decided digital media, they saw, has a future and we obviously think it's a pretty good future as well," said EA's Mike Robinson.

Robinson says the new venture is about what gamers might call "leveling up."  The three-story building will house two of LSU's digital media degree programs.

"The North American testing ground for EA Sports and EA is right here in Baton Rouge and so we're already moving to give young people a reason to stay here," said Mayor Kip Holden.

By next fall, the facility will be open for students to test EA games for bugs before they hit store shelves.

Robinson says he's proud EA can now call Baton Rouge and LSU, home.

The 100,000 square foot testing center will be at the southeast gates of LSU next to the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center.

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