Montréal International (MI) welcomes WB Games Montréal’s decision to expand its studio in Québec’s metropolis. The subsidiary of US-based Warner Bros Home Entertainment Group, which specializes in developing interactive video games and digital animation, plans on hiring 100 additional people over the next five years to join the 325 employees already in Montréal.
On hand for the announcement of this major investment for the Greater Montréal economy were Québec Premier Pauline Marois, the Minister of Finance and the Economy, Nicolas Marceau, and the Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec, Élaine Zakaïb.
“Thanks to the expertise and talent of our employees, our Montréal studio has quickly established its place within Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment,” stated Martin Carrier, Vice President and Studio Head, WB Games Montréal. “The support of the Québec Government will allow us to expand our position of excellence in the interactive entertainment industry, including the growth of our studios to accommodate more talented employees as well as the purchase of new computer equipment so we can continue to deliver high quality, cutting edge games. In addition, we will create a centre for localization in order to ensure that our facilities will be utilized by our colleagues around the world.”
“In just three years, WB Games Montréal has made great progress and is a very important part of our company,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Having a studio in Montréal able to face the industry’s challenges is a major asset for us.”
Montréal International, whose mandate includes attracting and helping foreign companies expand in Greater Montréal, has been working regularly with WB Games Montréal since it was created in 2010, by providing support in its investment projects and helping its strategic workers set up in the region.
“WB Games Montréal’s new project highlights the region’s numerous advantages for attracting industry leaders and facilitating their expansion projects—including a qualified and creative workforce in the video game and animation industries, a favourable business environment and strategic government support such as competitive tax credits for the production of multimedia titles,” said Élie Farah, Vice President, Investment Greater Montréal, Montréal International.
About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)
Created in 1996, Montréal International (MI) is the result of a private-public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of Greater Montréal and enhance its international status. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments, international organizations and international strategic workers as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International—a non-profit organization—is funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.
Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract $9.4 billion in foreign direct investments to Greater Montréal. From these investments, more than 49,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To date, MI’s activities have also allowed almost half of some 60 international organizations to establish themselves in the city and attract and retain more than 8,000 international strategic workers.