According to a Develop report, Canadian development studio Digital Extremes has been given $2.5 million to move its office and create more jobs. The money comes from the Canadian government. The "provincial grant" allows the studio to add 30 new employees to its 150 strong staff, and to build new game engine technology. Digital Extremes has been tapped to create the next The Darkness game - the first game was created Swedish studio Starbreeze.
A news story from IFPress also reports that the studio will invest $33 million of its own money into its new game engine.
"Right now we can’t hire people fast enough," studio founder James Schmalz said.
This isn’t the first time Digital Extremes enjoyed the benefits of government money; in 2008 the company shared a $1 million dollar grant with Silicon Knights from the Ontario Media Development Corporation to create new game prototypes.