Empire State Development announces $1.4 million to expand video game Industry in Schenectady

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New York Construction News staff writer

Rocket Science Corporation is building a $1.6 million headquarters in Glenville, Schenectady County. The 8,200-sq. ft. building will house the international gaming developer, along with the Capital District Gaming Studio, a video game incubator and game developer certification facility.

Empire State Development (ESD) will support the development with up to $1.269 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits and a $200,000 grant for construction and renovation costs related to the development of the Capital District Gaming Studio.

“We are happy to support the growth of the video game development industry in New York State,” said ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight.

Rocket Science Corporation’s new site, the former Glenville fire station, will be renovated into the new, permanent location for the game studio and serve as an incubator site to grow and support smaller studios. It will include an open space for independent game developers and educational space where existing programs can expand into Schenectady County. A training facility will be available for students, novices and professionals to learn game development skills and receive professional certifications.

In addition to its new Glenville headquarters, Rocket Science Corporation plans to operate multiple locations in New York State and the United Kingdom.

“With the addition of the new production credit, New York has the opportunity to become a truly global hub for innovation and in the space,” said Rocket Science founder and CEO Brian Corrigan.

New York State recently announced the new digital game development tax credit program to support game development projects that begin on or after Jan. 1, 2023.

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