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January 25, 2015

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Council OKs incentive plan for videogame maker’s move to downtown Las Vegas

The videogame company behind such blockbusters as "Grand Theft Auto," "Red Dead Redemption" and "Bioshock" is close to sealing a deal to move into downtown Las Vegas, creating 150 jobs for videogame testers.

The Las Vegas City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency Board, approved some $600,000 in incentives to the company, Take-Two Interactive.

Take-Two is scheduled to move into 302 E. Carson Ave., the same building that Zappos moved 200 employees into earlier this year, part of Zappos' ultimate plan to move 1,000 or more employees downtown in late 2013 from its current headquarters in Henderson.

Take-Two game testers will be paid a median wage of about $18, according to city officials. This isn't the first videogame company to locate to Las Vegas. Westwood Studios, which produced the "Red Alert" series, also used to be based in Las Vegas.

The company also is applying for training and Catalyst grants from the state. Catalyst is a $10 million fund created by the 2011 Nevada Legislature that aids with business relocation and expansion.

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