Saints Row developer Volition has successfully campaigned Champaign, IL lawmakers for additional incentives. The developer is looking to expand it’s office space and hire an additional 100 employees, but was considering moving to cheaper office space outside of the downtown area. The lawmakes saw the great benefit Volition has on the downtown economy, estimated at $375,000 spent at local restaurants and retail stores, and have agreed to upt to $200,000 in incentives for the developer to stay in the heart of the city.
“I think it would be very significant,” Planning and Development Director Bruce Knight said. “The reality is downtown is still fragile. It’s not a marketplace that can completely survive on its own.” Volition general manager Dan Cermak said he and his staff would love to continue to stay downtown, but now have to justify the additional cost to their parent company, Deep Silver. Naturally, office space downtown is more expensive, and with their 10-year lease up next May, Champaign lawmakers saw the need to keep this important part of downtown in place.
“I put my business into One Main because I knew Volition was going to be in there,” said Jeff Brandt, the owner of Exile On Main Street, a Champaign based record, video game, and movie shop. “They have literally a daily effect on my business.” Volition has been experiencing booming success with the release of both Saints Row 3 and 4. The studio has at least one project they are currently developing, with comedian Jay Mohr suggesting it is a new Saints Row title.
by, Bobby Marquardt