I'm a freelance writer, designer, and game developer. My name is Will Hindmarch, and this is a notebook I keep on the web.
Today I saw these related stories on the Internet. They seem to belong together under the #StartupSouth tag.
That’s the big idea behind The Atlantic’s road trip through the South looking for startups and technologies below the Mason-Dixon line. Long caricatured as precisely the kind of place where tech companies could not be born, we’re betting that the territories from Richmond to New Orleans are already fertile ground for innovation. Beginning Sunday October 23, we’ll be driving through seven cities and bringing you stories from several others that highlight just how much is going on in the South.
…while international gaming company, CCP Games, are cutting 20% of their workforce, mostly in Atlanta:
Rather than allowing this to persist, we have made the decision to sharpen our focus. Sadly, this means reducing our staff. We estimate that around twenty percent of global positions will be affected by this process. These will be predominantly in our Atlanta, GA office, although select positions in our Reykjavik, Iceland office will be affected.
Compare this to a press release from February, wherein…
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced today that CCP Games, the Reykjavik, Iceland-based digital entertainment developer, will relocate its CCP North America headquarters from Gwinnett County to the City of Decatur in DeKalb County. This move is expected to create 150 new jobs over three years, bringing the company’s U.S. staff total to 300 by 2013.
In 2009, CCP was “recognized for its remarkable year-over-year growth by being ranked on the Media Momentum’s 2009 Larger Companies List.” Today, CCP announced that three AAA titles are too many at once, writing “we have come to the conclusion that we are attempting too many things for a company our size. Developing EVE expansions, DUST 514 and World of Darkness has stretched our resources too thin.”