Epic Games, creator of the massively popular Fortnite, is buying up a 980,000-square-foot site as its new headquarters, Eurogamer is reporting.
The company – which is also responsible for the Unreal Engine – will purchase the ailing Cary Towne Center shopping mall, which is close to Epic's current home in Cary, North Carolina. The new 'home campus' will open in 2024, and the company has said that some of the site will be made available for use by the local community.
The mall has been struggling for some time and was sold to new owners in 2019. Last year, its new owners proposed a mix of offices, shops and homes on the site.
The Cary Towne Center is almost entirely empty at the moment, with just a few stores open and part of the complexed complete closed to the public. This gallery of images from a year ago gives you some indication of its current status.
Oh no.... 980,000 square feet of toxic 9 year olds
So 70% of it will be completely empty and dusty as hell. Or the cleaning costs will be through the roof. Sounds like a plan guys!
Well that's one way to recycle.
Hell, maybe the stores still open can carry on as food or shopping joints for stuff during break or after work. XD
Good on them for using an existing building.
Tim Sweeney personally mans the door as greeter and Hand Sanitizer Executive.
Neglected buildings sometimes haunted, so....
Imagine being excited to work at Epic Games hq, only to realize that you have to go to a ghostly empty mall everyday ...
This is actually quite cool compared to what a large company like this could have done. Too many companies build ghastly Silicon Valley soul crushers with all the usual corporate flair like standing desks, themed conference rooms, open-everything, etc. We get it, you're "modern." Repurposing old things is much cooler in comparison. Rare Ltd. partly operated out of a barn at one time.
@Zeldawakening Imagine them turning 100k square feet of it into a live game area or theme escape rooms?
Great re-use of empty buildings.
This is great. Presumably they keep a commercial element, with a food court, and all those Epic employees wander around and revitalise the mall in their breaks. Don’t like every move made by Epic, but this one is creditable.
Wow, I hate Fortnite, but this is... really cool.
I'm glad to see malls get new uses, rather than rotting. A mall by me has lost a lot of stores over the pandemic. The light-up, store front signs are even gone, like there are no plans of coming back. Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, and other stores I thought would always be there - now gone.
Staple clothing stores where you can try on the clothes are becoming extinct. I hope I can still try on clothes in the future - hyperbole, maybe, but it's a growing serious problem.
Yeah they really need that apple money dont they...
I hope the employees are dropped at random points around the mall every morning and have to rely on their wits and tactical nous in order to track down the cafeteria before everyone else does.
Bet it cost more than Ten Cent(s).
Word on the street is that one of the parking lots is reserved for a peculiar looking school bus.
That's pretty cool of them! A massive opportunity for the company, and helps revitalize a staple of the neighborhood. A bit like creating your own mini theme park for a fraction of the total cost?
And all players come game in one Covid location...hmm....
Actually a great Idea. Need more of this from Big Companies.
@Zeldawakening That mall is near my house shudder I've been there it's most definitely a ghost mall at this point.
EPIC GAMES DIE ALREADY PLZ
@redpanda0310 I WANT NO MORE OF YOUR " SAVE FORTNITE " NONSENSE
Dang. Not Cary Towne Center. Hmm feels like part of my childhood just died.
But it is a nice way to repurpose a building.
While I am not a fan of epic (more so with the epic game store) and I don't hate fortnite. I gave it ago for a few weeks, had my fun and moved on but I think this is a very good move on reusing an abandoned building as a HQ.
Also it could be good for either the existing shops or new shops that open up there as they have an open tour in part of the mall of their history and that would bring in people and help bring customers for those shops.
So cool I wish a mall/movie/fast food/shopping outlet I grew up going to as a child could have been repurposed before it was destroyed.
Rackspace did this with the Windsor Park Mall in San Antonio and it went really well. The entire community was tied into the success of the mall. Once Rackspace opened up the community began to improve immensely, and while it still has a way to go before it will hit the strides it hit in the past, it is definitely on the right track.
@Maxz That was pretty funny. Thank you.
Actually, malls have been dying even before COVID became a thing, let alone a pandemic. It's still crazy to think that stores we thought would be around forever, are starting to close down.
Even movie theater chains are starting to either reduce in size or completely shut down. It's interesting to see stores that were doing "decent" before the pandemic and are on the verge of bankruptcy, yet Sears is still (somehow) surviving, even through the pandemic.
Hopefully, thrift stores will start having more dress rooms (or whatever they're called) open, as more and more "big" chains are struggling to stay open.
Oh no I love that mall plus I need to find a new barber shop now
A new place to host their #freefornite rallies i see. Dont care about scummy epic.
@KingBowser86 Oh my God, you're getting slammed too? I thought I picked up a phone virus or some ***** like that...
I honestly forgot Cary had a mall. Now I remember this place and I'm a little sad.
I've been there once but it was years ago when everything was open, nowadays most malls are dead or full of empty stores.
A chance to bring the virtual Willamette mall to life then.
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