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Saints Row studio wants cash incentives to stay in downtown Champaign

Saints Row studio Volition has asked the city of Champaign, Illinois, for around $200,000 in incentives, otherwise the company says it may have to move its headquarters.
Saints Row studio Volition has asked the city of Champaign, Illinois, for around $200,000 in incentives, otherwise the company says it may have to move its headquarters. Volition moved to its current offices in Champaign back in 2004, and is now planning to expand and hire up to 100 new staffers. But according to The News Gazette, Volition's new owner Koch Media says that such a remodelling will be cost-prohibitive, and as such it would like the city to provide cash incentives for it to stay put. "The German company that owns them has indicated that they should select the most cost-effective location," a memo from city staff says. "Because of this, they are requesting that the city consider helping level the playing field between other locations and staying downtown." The city of Champaign will be keen to keep Volition in the downtown area -- according to a survey, employees at the studio spent around $375,000 on restaurants and retail stores in the area last year. [Update: Additional information has been added to reflect that Volition may have to move out of downtown Champaign, rather than the city itself.]

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