This city is recognized as a global leader in the video game field with five of the world’s 10 bestselling games in 2013-2014 being developed right here! Titles titles include the newest instalments in the Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell franchises. Not bad for a metropolitan region with the lowest operating costs in North America. So where are we talking about? We are talking here about Greater Montréal!
Montréal boasts a vast pool of specialized workers, out-of-the-box of thinking and plenty of industry-targeted incentives.
The region is recognized for the expertise of its 35,000 qualified software developers with the video game sector alone consisting of a force of more than 9,000 highly creative people – most of whom are bilingual.
This ready access to outstanding talent is the fruit of the active development of higher-educational programs tailored to the needs of the video game industry. For example, Dawson and Vieux-Montréal colleges offer 3D animation and CGI programs while the Université de Montréal has developed a course dedicated to video game studies.
The Québec government offers generous tax incentives for the production of multimedia titles and this fosters a very favourable environment for the video game industry.
Thanks to this fertile business climate top names such as Ubisoft, Warner Bros and Eidos, have chosen Greater Montréal to be the launch pad for their expansion into North America. This has led to a sharp increase in the number of jobs in Montréal’s video game industry, which shot up by 650% between 2002 and 2012.
And don’t forget that Montréal International is always here to help companies like yours become familiar with the region and to provide the support you need for your setup or expansion projects.