CCP Games, an online video game developer based in Reykjavik, Iceland, is moving its North American headquarters from Stone Mountain to Decatur.
The move will enable an expansion that will double the number of CCP employees in Georgia to 300 by 2013, the company announced Feb. 24.
CCP North America‘s new 40,000 square-foot office space is located at 250 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur.
The company chose the location for its small-town atmosphere close to Atlanta, according to company leaders.
“Decatur offers the perfect blend of big-city accessibility with a hometown feel that we were looking for,” said Mike Tinney, CCP North America’s president, in a news release. “Georgia‘s financial climate combined with Decatur’s social climate provide the ideal conditions for our continued growth.”
Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd said the company wanted a feeling of safety, easy access to public transit and a community that could support creative companies. Having pubs and restaurants close to the office was also a top priority, he said.
“Decatur fit their needs and CCP fits our vision for our downtown business community,” Mr. Floyd said in the release.
CCP publishes the massive multiplayer role-playing game EVE Online. The company will hire new workers as it develops two new games, World of Darkness and DUST 514.
Through its film, video and music office, the Georgia economic development department has focused on recruiting digital media companies in recent years.
More than 75 digital entertainment companies have offices in Georgia.
Since 2008, the state has provided a tax credit of up to 30 percent for companies investing at least $500,000 in the production of movies, commercials, music, video games or animation projects in Georgia.
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