Gaming software developer Castle Hill Gaming aims to invest $1.3m and introduce 106 new jobs at its corporate headquarters in Albemarle County, Virginia. The company will receive matching grants from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program and Albemarle County to support the hiring and training of the new employees.

The announcement was made with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. Also in attendance were Rep David Toscano from the Virginia House of Delegates and Ned Gallaway, Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

Governor Northam signed into law last year VA House Bill 1609 which brought live horse racing back to Virginia at Colonial Downs supported by Historical Horse Racing. Castle Hill Gaming is one of only four companies in the US that provides gaming solutions for Historical Horse Racing and, to date, has created 136 games in both mechanical reel and video formats.

The jobs added will include designers, computer programmers, mathematicians, and in other high-skilled fields. With proximity to the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and Albermarle County provide the perfect environment to attract and retain these highly-skilled employees.

The average employee compensation at the Charlottesville headquarters exceeds $100,000. Castle Hill plans to continue to add jobs as the Commonwealth increases the number of Historical Horse Racing machines.

“We are proud to call Charlottesville home and to partner with the Commonwealth of Virginia on this important high-tech initiative that is revolutionizing the gaming industry with Historical Horse Racing (HHR) games,” said Arthur Watson, CEO of Castle Hill. “We look forward to contributing to the growth and success of Albermarle County and all of Virginia.”