HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One of the largest gaming-information companies in the world announced today that it is moving its corporate headquarters and content team from San Francisco to downtown Huntsville.
Curse executives made the announcement Wednesday morning in its new headquarters in the BB&T Building on Church Street, where its development office has been located for three years.
“We were looking for a place that was friendly and beneficial to our employees and our company,” said Curse CEO and founder Hubert Thieblot. “Huntsville provided that. In addition to being a friendly environment for our company, we have been really pleased with the amount of high-quality talent in the area.”
After the full relocation, 40 people will be working in the new corporate headquarters. The accounting and administration functions of Curse will remain in San Francisco. Curse has grown at a rate of more than 50 percent a year for the past four years. Curse has 100 employees worldwide, including offices in Germany, France, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and Canada.
“For the synergy of our team, we decided development and content needed to be in same place,” said Curse vice president of finance, Brandon Byrne. “We considered Las Vegas, Seattle, Boulder, Los Angeles. As an afterthought, we reached out to the Chamber in Huntsville.”
Byrne said Michael Comperda, who is the vice president of technology, is a University of Alabama in Huntsville graduate and has been an advocate for expansion into Madison County.
“I did an analysis for all of those places under consideration for corporate tax rates, the availability of talent, the cost of living and employee taxes,” Byrne said. “As it turned out, Huntsville was very competitive.”
In explaining what Curse does, Byrne said, “The analogy I like to give is that what ESPN does for sports, we do for gaming. We provide fan sites, community sites, wikis, forums and strategy guides. We help people enjoy video games more.”
The State of Alabama played a crucial role in attracting Curse to relocate its headquarters.
“Jobs such as these not only reflect a new technology and important sector for our state, but are a critical step in the implementation of our economic development plan, Accelerate Alabama,” said Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield. These are the type of jobs we are working to attract to the state and today’s announcement is a sign that our plan is working.”
Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County CEO Chip Cherry said the project is a great example of how local expertise in modeling and simulation can be leveraged to attract new industry.
“The location of Curse’s headquarters to our area represents a win for our community on many levels,” Cherry said. “This diversification into a growing industry sector adds a new dimension to our growing creative class in the downtown business community.”
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle concurred: “The Curse community is a natural fit for Huntsville with our thriving technology scene and strong pool of talent. We are excited to welcome the new gaming development team to our downtown core.”
More about Curse, Inc.
Curse websites attract more than 30 million unique visitors a month. Its purpose is to help gamers enjoy video games in all aspects of their gaming lifestyle – from tips for a game they are playing to engaging with their friends in the gaming community to watching their favorite gaming professionals compete.
Curse is comprised of community sites, tools, databases, videos, guides, live streaming, and eSports teams. Online gaming enthusiasts depend on Curse for tools and expertise to take their gaming to the next level. The Curse Client, an add-on management desktop application used to find, install and update user interface plug-ins, has almost three million active users.