Stardock Expands, Plans New Title Thanks To Michigan Tax Credits

Thanks to digital media tax credits in its home state of Michigan, Stardock Systems (Sins of a Solar Empire) will invest $900,000 to expand its headquarters for the development of a new PC title, according to media reports.
Software development company Stardock Systems will invest $900,000 in an expansion of its Plymouth, Michigan headquarters that will allow for the development of a new PC title. This expansion is expected to create 53 jobs at the developer and publisher, whose shipped games include the Galactic Civilizations series and Sins of a Solar Empire. The company was founded in 1991 and currently employs over 60 workers. Stardock is slated to ship Gas Powered Games' Demigod for PC in March, and plans to release Elemental: War of Magic, an internally developed turn-based fantasy strategy PC game, in February 2010. The studio is able to fund this growth thanks to state tax credits enacted last April. Though primarily targeting the film and television industry, Michigan's tax incentives also apply to digital media companies seeking help with production costs, infrastructure investment, job creation, and job training. Several states -- such as Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana -- offer similar incentive designed to attract film and interactive media companies. Europe, Australia, Asia, and almost all Canadian provinces also provide government help for developers and publishers looking to establish local offices. Michigan's incentives, however, are especially generous, offering up to a 42 percent tax credit for production expenditures against the Michigan Business Tax (MBT), as well as a 25 percent tax credit against the MBT for "base investment" in infrastructure exceeding $100,000. "The fact that these jobs exist in Michigan today is no accident," says Michigan's Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm, according to a report from Michigan news site Mlive. Granholm signed into law the bills that provide the tax credits. "These jobs are here because we put a strategy in place to bring them here - often by beating out other states and other countries to get them."

Latest Jobs


Vancouver, BC, Canada

Bladework games

Remote (United States)
Senior Gameplay Engineer

University of Canterbury

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Academic in Game Arts and Animation

Fred Rogers Productions

Hybrid (424 South 27th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Producer - Games & Websites
More Jobs   


Explore the
Advertise with
Follow us

Game Developer Job Board

Game Developer


Explore the

Game Developer Job Board

Browse open positions across the game industry or recruit new talent for your studio

Advertise with

Game Developer

Engage game professionals and drive sales using an array of Game Developer media solutions to meet your objectives.

Learn More
Follow us


Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more