Louisiana State University's Electronic Arts North American Test Center recently began construction, according to local news station KATC. The ceremony, which was attended by Governor Bobby Jindal, marked the beginning of an extensive project that will eventually culminate in a new home for 600 video game testers at the higher education institution.
The center marks LSU's investment in computer science education, as well as the emerging field of video game design.
"We are quickly becoming a major player in the digital media industry, which is creating more high-paying and high-tech jobs for our people so they don't have to leave the state to pursue the career of their dreams," said Governor Jindal. "We continue to make major investments in higher education - at LSU and across our state - so we become the best place in the world for businesses to grow and succeed."
LSU students and EA employees will one day have a state-of-the art facility to develop the latest trends in gaming. Accordingly, testers may want to enact their digital experiments on devices such as an iPad, a flat-screen TV and an HDMI projector, in order to determine which visual format works best with the game.
According to the media outlet, state officials claimed digital media and electronic design will be the top growth industries for Louisiana for the next several decades.