North American organisation Misfits Gaming Group has received grants to establish its headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.
The 18,000 square foot facility is said to be an investment of over $1.35 million (£1,034,775).
Misfits Gaming Group will create 30 new jobs with the opening of its corporate headquarters, according to a release. The organisation will receive over $200,000 (£153,300) in grants and tax refunds from the local and state government to fund the facility.
Ben Spoont, CEO and Co-founder of Misfits Gaming Group, discussed the development in a release: “Thanks to the state of Florida, we’re excited to be opening our headquarters in Boca Raton next year. Boca Raton will be our base of operations for our global esports teams, as well as our 2 Florida-based franchised esports teams, the Florida Mayhem and Florida Mutineers.
“Through these local teams, we’ll be running several large-scale esports events in the state throughout the year, in addition to college tournaments and community events. It’s our goal to help grow the esports and gaming communities in Florida. We want to provide a platform for gamers to connect with each other, and give young professionals a path into the industry.”
The headquarters will not only be home to Misfits Gaming Group’s corporate workers, it will act as a training centre for its Overwatch League franchise Florida Mayhem and Call of Duty League franchise Florida Mutineers. Its startup incubator program will also take place there.
Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, also commented: “With an average salary of $95,500, Misfits Gaming Group will bring tremendous value to Palm Beach County’s economy. The Business Development Board appreciates the support of Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the City of Boca Raton, and Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.”
The organisation is consolidating its operations from Los Angeles and Berlin, Germany, with this move.
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