You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Hi-Rez Studios, maker of SMITE game, to expand in metro Atlanta


An Alpharetta company that produces the highly popular online video game SMITE said Monday it plans to expand its headquarters and add 75 jobs in the coming months.

Hi-Rez Studios, whose titles include Paladins, Tribes: Ascend and Jetpack Fighter, plans to add web developers, software designers, digital artists and customer service and marketing positions, according to the state Department of Economic Development.

The expansion will include a new 9,000-square-foot office lease in Alpharetta.

“Our business growth requires exceptional talent both technical and artistic,” Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios chief operating officer, said in a news release. “Metro Atlanta continues to be a great source for programmers and digital artists with a much more affordable cost of living compared to alternate game development hubs like California.”

Hi-Rez has offices in the Atlanta area, China and the United Kingdom and employs about 275 people.

Hi-Rez is a major player in the world of eSports, and its gaming tournament for SMITE in 2015 drew more than 2 million streaming spectators online and more than 2,700 people in person at the Cobb Energy Centre, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Chris Carr, Georgia’s commissioner of economic development and incoming attorney general, said Hi-Rez has “benefited from a pro-business digital entertainment scene and a skilled workforce that cannot be found anywhere else.”

“We are confident they will continue to grow and drive the worldwide eSports movement from Georgia,” Carr said in the release.

The SMITE game is reported to have more than 20 million registered players, and the Paladins game had more than 1 million downloads in the first 10 days of its launch last month, the release said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

‘We’re back,’ SunTrust exec says after stronger profits
‘We’re back,’ SunTrust exec says after stronger profits

SunTrust Banks said rising consumer lending and higher interest earnings on loans have helped the Atlanta bank’s bottom line despite slowing demand from business customers. Meanwhile, Georgia’s largest bank has been adding employees through internal growth and a 2016 acquisition, even though it is still shutting bank branches at a healthy...
‘We’re back,’ says SunTrust executive after stronger profits
‘We’re back,’ says SunTrust executive after stronger profits

SunTrust Banks said rising consumer lending and higher interest earnings on loans helped the Atlanta bank’s bottom line despite slowing demand from business customers. Meanwhile, Georgia’s largest bank has been adding employees through internal growth and a 2016 acquisition, even though it is still shutting bank branches at a healthy clip...
Study: Atlanta and Georgia pensions get mixed grades
Study: Atlanta and Georgia pensions get mixed grades

Despite the booming stock market in recent years, most state and local government pension plans fell further behind their retirement obligations in 2016, according to a new study released Thursday. That included some local pensions, such as Georgia's largest public pension plan, the $65.7 billion Teachers Retirement System of Georgia. The typical government...
Ga. banks less stressed, but lending slowdown a worry
Ga. banks less stressed, but lending slowdown a worry

Judging from regulators’ recent actions and stock market movements, you might think banks big and small have made a turn onto Easy Street. All the largest U.S. banks, including Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, recently passed this year’s Federal Reserve “stress tests” aimed at ensuring they could survive a severe recession. That...
Atlanta airport concessionaire acquires Vino Volo wine bar chain
Atlanta airport concessionaire acquires Vino Volo wine bar chain

Atlanta-based airport concessionaire Hojeij Branded Foods said it is acquiring wine bar chain Vino Volo, which has locations in airports around the country. San Francisco-based Vino Volo, founded by CEO Doug Tomlinson in 2004, has more than 40 locations around the country offering wine tastings and small plates. Tomlinson will be retained as president...
More Stories