Note: This is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News.
A new game development company is making a large investment in downtown Las Cruces.
On Friday afternoon, New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Alicia Keyes joined local elected and economic development officials for an announcement at Plaza de Las Cruces.
Ganymede Games announced it will make the third floor of the Bank of the West/BNP Paribas building downtown its headquarters, investing over $1.3 million in its offices and studio.
“Ganymede will create up to 51 new high-tech, high-wage jobs,” Keyes said, noting that its creative and administrative staff are anticipated to earn salaries up to $150,000 annually.
The company’s founders, Lynn Stetson and Jerry Prochazka, joined members of the Las Cruces City Council, the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance and the New Mexico Partnership for the announcement.
Stetson and Prochazka previously worked together at Riot Games, the developer best known for the “League of Legends” multiplayer battle arena game for PC and Macintosh computers. They also worked together for the Wargaming company.
“The Chihuahuan Desert, the Organ Mountains, that view is just inspiring,” Prochazka said. “When you come from a big city you’re always struggling to get out and here people can actually afford to live and live well … I have zero hesitation bringing talented people here, and the surprise was that there are so many talented people here already.”