Electronic Arts will be getting a new facility for their headquarters, and it’s in a familiar place. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that EA’s new headquarters will be located in downtown Orlando as part of a plan to expand development in that part of the city.
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In his State of Downtown Address on Wednesday, Dyer announced that the new facility will be constructed in the downtown Orlando area. The city of Orlando has already begun planning for construction, as they are asking for about 1.8 acres of property between Concord Street and West Amelia Street. The facility is expected to be five stories high and cost approximately $62M USD.
Dyer touted that this move will bring more jobs to Orlando, stating, “Over the next two years, EA is going to build a state-of-the-art headquarters that will be home to more than 700 employees. That’s 700 new neighbors, working, playing, spending money.”
Dyer is also hopeful that this move will help grow the tech industry in Orlando. Dyer hopes that with this new facility, it will lead to new opportunities for college students in that area, as several universities, including the University of Central Florida, are located close by the city. “EA’s presence creates an immediate pipeline for our educational partners in and around the creative village.”
EA is already familiar with the Orlando area, as they have a studio in nearby Maitland, Florida. Electronic Arts moved into that studio when the company purchased Tiburon Entertainment Inc. in 1998.
City leaders are hopeful that the facility will be ready as soon as 2021.
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