ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta-based Hi-Rez Studios, an online game developer, will expand its headquarters by investing $10 million by 2015 into 30 jobs and an expansion, bringing the company’s employee count to more than 100 at its Georgia location.
“Georgia’s thriving technology sector is attracting innovative start-up companies,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Hi-Rez Studios’ newest expansion is not only an investment in the community, but it is an investment for the future of the digital entertainment industry in our state. I have no doubt that Hi-Rez will find the talent and resources it needs to enhance its products and better reach its international markets.”
The company’s headquarters, located on Brookside Parkway in Alpharetta, will expand by 4,000 square feet. With this expansion and jobs, Hi-Rez Studios will continue to enhance their products with new game content and better reach customers across North America and Europe. The new jobs include software developers, digital artists, game testers and customer support technicians who will support the release and international distribution of the company’s latest product.
“Digital gaming requires technical talent, creative talent and an entrepreneurial climate,” said Todd Harris, chief operating officer of Hi-Rez Studios. “We have experienced continued growth in Georgia, thanks to a great talent pool, high quality of life and low cost of doing business.”
“We’re happy to welcome more talented and creative people to Alpharetta, and we’re delighted to see this expansion by Hi-Rez,” said Alpharetta City Councilman Michael Cross.
Hi-Rez Studios is a developer of online computer games and is designated as one of the Top 30 Developers worldwide by Game Developer Magazine. The company has developed and released two previous game titles and is now enhancing their latest title SMITE, a mythology themed online multiplayer game for the PC. The expansion in Alpharetta will support the company’s new product launch.