Fortnite’s Epic Games snaps up a… shopping mall for its new HQ

You thought your mall was epic? Guess again.

    
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Did any of you spend time as a kid playing that Mall Madness board game where you got to shop for pretend stuff with a pretend credit card? That really conditioned me for consumer restraint later in life, let me tell you. And it must have had some impact on Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney, too, because he just bought a mall of his very own.

Well, OK, Epic Games bought the Cary Towne Center mall in North Carolina to convert it into a massive headquarters for the Fortnite developer.

The deal set Epic Games back by $95 million — a drop in the studio’s $17.3 billion bucket, really — and gave them 980,000 square feet to play with in return. The studio will need it, too, since it employs a shopping mall’s amount of employees (some 2,200 worldwide). The new headquarters, located just down the road from the current building, is expected to be completed by 2024.

The whole mall won’t just be made into Epic HQ, however. There are plans to construct a sports and rec center on the site for the town.

Cary’s mayor welcomed the deal to repurpose the dying mall: “We’re extremely proud that Epic has chosen to call Cary home for their new global headquarters, and we greatly appreciate the company’s recognition of Cary’s existing assets as well as the unlimited potential of the area for their growing business.”

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Dean Greenhoe

.. kind of makes we want to work/play there. Sounds like a fun wide open office with a lot of potential. Food courts, seasonal decorations, elevator music, trinket sales stands just to name a few of the amenities.

Mall cop security is a must.
Segway transport for all employees

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Rndomuser

Good for both the city and the Epic. Considering the fact that most people continue to increase their reliance on online orders and considering that the COVID epidemic may be repeated yet again with different virus with people trying to stay at home for as long as they can, I really don’t see any other alternative use for this mall – you either sell it to company like Epic to be used for office space or tear it down and sell the property to someone like Amazon so they will build a distribution center for order deliveries.

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camren_rooke

Lower income housing?

I mean it wouldn’t be as cost effective but people could have housing.

Oh wait, this is USA Inc.

Nevermind.

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Bryan Correll

According to the Triangle Business Journal article the development plans prior to the sale to Epic included 1,800 “multi-family and townhouse dwelling units*” and that it was unclear how much (if any) of the previous plan was going to continue.

* I doubt they were designated as low-income housing, but the article doesn’t say.

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mike foster

Here in LA google recently snatched up the old Westside Pavilion mall to convert into a workspace. The mall from Clueless!

It’ll be nice to see the space used but adios to the housing market.

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Minimalistway

It’s nice to see a mall gets a new life, i love reading these stories about changing a mall into a public library or offices.

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Bruno Brito

A company that’s part of one of the most unregulated markets is now making a shopping mall it’s headquarters.

The only way this sentence gets more capitalistic is if they make a bonfire out of money and make poor people watch.

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EmberStar

What about if they made a bonfire out of poor people and charged rich people admission to watch?

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MilitiaMasterV

I mean, that’s what certain people want to do in America, follow in the footsteps of another supposedly ‘glorious leader’ and ‘dispose of’ people they don’t like. Not realizing their own belief system makes them the people who should be disposed of.

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Bruno Brito

Goddamn it, Ember.