The Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec, Élaine Zakaïb, joins Montréal International President and CEO Dominique Anglade in welcoming Gameloft’s plans to expand its Greater Montréal subsidiary. Gameloft, a pioneer in its field and one of the world’s top five mobile game publishers and developers, is looking to expand its centre of excellence in order to address IT and logistics needs and cater to the growing demand from the online gaming community.
“Québec has become an international hub for the digital entertainment industry thanks to businesses like Gameloft Montréal, which never ceases to innovate and diversify its offer to stay competitive in a constantly evolving market. Our government sees it as essential to support this sector, which employs some of the most highly skilled and experienced workers and invests heavily in research and development,” said Élaine Zakaïb.
“Gameloft is constantly breaking new ground in its field and I am very proud to see that the Montréal team is developing new high-growth potential niches in a constantly changing market. A true innovator for almost 15 years, Gameloft is recognized for its high-quality games and its great popularity with gamers. The company builds on a unique combination of local know-how and creative talent, which is the envy of many other regions,” said Dominique Anglade, President and CEO of Montréal International.
Thanks to the support of Montréal International and Investissement Québec, Gameloft will receive a $1.2 million non-refundable financial contribution under the ESSOR program to complete the project. Investissement Québec supported Gameloft in developing its investment project from the outset by providing expertise and liaising with local economic development organizations.
“Scaling up our Montréal facilities will give us a competitive edge in the fastest-growing segment of the gaming industry. Each year, we spend a significant share of our turnover on research and development and our Montréal team plays a key part in getting new projects off the ground,” said Mario Poulin, General Manager at Gameloft Montréal and Toronto.
Headquartered in Paris, Gameloft is an industry leader, with more than 5,000 employees in 25 development studios and 40 sales offices around the world. One of the first companies in the world to develop online games, Gameloft currently has a portfolio of over 500 games that are compatible with over 1,000 mobile phone and tablet models. The Group has the most extensive distribution network in the gaming industry, including over 200 carriers in more than 100 countries. Gameloft Montréal does the entire audio and video production work for the Group and provides translations for games developed by Gameloft. Titles developed in Montréal, including Asphalt 6, Asphalt 7, Gangstar Rio: City of Saints, and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, have received top ratings from industry analysts.