Video game development hub to replace former Glenville Fire Station

SCHENECTADY — Gaming continues to be one of the world’s most rapidly growing markets, and a new $1.6 million facility based in Glenville might just turn Schenectady County into the latest hub for video game development.

The building that was formerly the Glenville Fire Station will soon be transformed into the home of the Rocket Science Corporation, a worldwide video game development company, according to an announcement issued Thursday by Empire State Development. The 8,200-square foot facility on Saratoga Road will also serve as the site of the Future Capital District Gaming Studio, a video game incubator and certification facility that will support smaller studios.

Empire State Development will be supporting both projects by awarding Rocket Science Corporation up to $1.269 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits for the creation of 30 jobs, as well as a $200,000 grant for construction costs related to the development of the Capital District Gaming Studio. Funds for both projects were recommended by the Capital Region Economic Development Council.

“We are happy to support the growth of the video game development industry in New York State,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight in a statement. “Rocket Science Corporation and the Capital District Gaming Studio will help create jobs, revitalize an underused and highly visible property along a main thoroughfare, and spur new investments in a dynamic and growing industry.”

The Capital District Gaming Studio, which will feature open space for independent game developers, will also expand existing SUNY Schenectady and the University of Albany programs into Schenectady County, including a training facility for people to learn game development skills and receive professional certifications.

The development is part of a larger statewide effort to expand its video game industry and attract innovative businesses. New York recently established State Digital Game Development Tax Program intended to accelerate economic development in the industry by offsetting production costs by awarding up to $5 million per year over five years.

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