The Montréal International Game Summit (MIGS) is being held this week at Palais des congrès. Alliance numérique has been organizing the MIGS since 2004—the largest conference for video game industry professionals held in the North American east coast. The event, which has earned a global reputation, attracted some 3,000 participants this year, mainly video game developers and students in the field.
Ranked 5th video game production centre in the world and the main Canadian hub according to Game Industry Career Guide in 2015, Greater Montréal’s renown is not only explained by the sheer number of studios, but also for its solid reputation. The city has global players who need no introduction, such as Ubisoft, Eidos, Electronic Arts, Behaviour and Warner Bros Games. Montréal is also home to more and more independent studios that are doing quite well. It’s the first time that a booth at MIGS is honouring the 10 best video games produced by independent Québec studios.
The seventh edition of the Canadian Video Game Awards will also be held in Montréal, and will be a great way to cap off the Summit. Ubisoft is already looking good in the lead with 15 nominations in 20 categories. Montréal expertise is in the spotlight this year. Seven of the 10 finalists for the most prestigious award, i.e., Game of the Year, hail from Montréal. They include Eagle Flight, Far Cry Primal and Rainbow Six Siege by Ubisoft, Dead by Daylight by Behaviour, Deus Ex GO by Square Enix, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided by Eidos and Stories: The Path of Destinies by Spearhead. All these games were developed here, in Montréal, which further highlights the thriving Montréal expertise and creativity in the growing video game industry.
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