Business Briefs

Aug. 07, 2013 @ 07:20 PM

Durham No. 10 in Forbes business list

DURHAM – Raleigh was ranked No. 3 and Durham was ranked No. 10 in Forbes’ 15th annual “Best Places for Business and Careers 2013” list.

Forbes rates the 200 largest metro areas based on jobs, cost, income growth, quality of life and education factors. Des Moines, Iowa, took the No. 1 spot followed by Provo, Utah.

The Forbes rankings followed less positive news earlier this month, when North Carolina did not make the top 10 in CNBC’s “America’s Top States for Business” list for the first time since the list was first compiled in 2007. The state was ranked No. 12.


Gaming expo to be held in Durham for second year

DURHAM – The second annual Escapist Expo, a gaming convention, is scheduled in the Bull City from Oct. 4-6.

More than 6,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, which will include industry expert keynote speeches and panel discussions, game publisher exhibitors and dealers, comic and graphic novel dealers, and live-and-electronic-game play competitions, according to a news release.

The expo has grown this year to the Durham Convention Center, the historic Carolina Theatre and the Durham Armory. It’s put on by The Escapist, a Durham-based online magazine devoted to video games, gamers and gaming culture. 

The World Cyber Games USA National Finals will be held at this year’s expo. Top professional and competitive gamers that qualified online will compete live to determine which 20 players will represent Team USA at the WCG Global Finals in Kunshan, China from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, according to the release. Gamers will compete in six game titles.

In addition, the official live national finals tournament for Super Street Fighter IV will be held at the expo. Gamers will compete to earn a spot on Team USA and to win a travel package for the global finals. Alexander Macris, general manager of The Escapist, said the other six titles have online qualifying rounds, while the preliminary and qualifying matches - as well as finals for Super Street Fighter IV - will be held at the expo.

For information, including ticket sales, see the website at


American Underground expands to Raleigh

DURHAM – After opening a second location in Durham earlier this year, the owner of the American Underground start-up hub is expanding to Raleigh in the fall.

The American Underground first opened in 2010 in the basement of the American Tobacco Campus, the redeveloped property that now houses restaurants and offices.

It provided leasable space for entrepreneurs and small start-up companies. American Tobacco and the American Underground are both owned by Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Corp.

A second location opened this year in downtown Durham called The Underground@Main Street. In light of the second location, the original location was renamed The Underground@American Tobacco.

The new location in Raleigh is slated to open at 213 Fayetteville St. downtown. In addition to providing space for more than 25 start-ups, it will also include space for Bandwidth Labs, the incubator arm of Raleigh-based telecommunications company Bandwidth.