Montréal, June 19, 2014 – France-based StarDust, a company specializing in the validation and quality assurance of digital services for publishers and developers, has chosen Greater Montréal to expand into the North American market and has already landed a contract with Ingenio, a subsidiary of Loto-Québec, to test several of their mobile applications.
This is the company’s first international expansion, which is designed to meet its clients’ growing demand for intercontinental projects. As a leader in the digital testing industry, StarDust is recognized for its capacity to conduct validation testing for digital projects over a large variety of devices (phones, tablets and computers).
“Montréal has developed extensive expertise in testing, as a result of its huge video game industry, so it is easy to recruit experienced workers. Being in Greater Montréal also enabled us to provide more efficient customer service by taking advantage of the time difference. The Montréal team can take over for the Paris team once the work day is finished there, and thus deliver quicker results and tests,” said StarDust President François Joseph Viallon.
A sector that stands out in the world
“Announcements made in recent months in the multimedia sector confirm that Greater Montréal is keeping its momentum and this industry continues to thrive. Montréal’s creativity and technological expertise continue to stand out, so major companies such as StarDust come here to develop promising new markets. This is extremely encouraging for Québec’s metropolis’ economic vitality,” stated Dominique Anglade, President and CEO of Montréal International.
Led by Delphine Guyot Giler, CEO and Co-founder of StarDust, the Montréal office is already operating with its first bank of 150 testing terminals and five employees. “Within the next six months, we expect to complete testing on 300 different configurations, thanks to our partnerships with device manufacturers. We will also be hiring more workers and expect to have some twenty employees in all,” said Guyot Giler.
StarDust has offices in Marseille and Paris in addition to Montréal. The company helps its clients reduce risks of glitches and improve the user experience when a new digital service is launched. Services provided by StarDust maximize the monetization of digital devices and bolster the brand image of a mobile app.
StarDust teams test and validate web and mobile services over a sample group of devices selected from among the 1,800 terminal configurations at the company’s disposal. Recognized as a market leader, StarDust completed numerous testing projects for corporations such as BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Accorhotels, La Redoute, ViaMichelin, Voyage Privé Group, Le Point, Le Figaro, Voyage SNCF, Leroy Merlin, LastMinute.com, TF1, Vente Privée and for agencies such as VisuaMobile, Mazarine Digital, AirWeb, MadMedia, and Backelite.
About Montréal International
Created in 1996, Montréal International (MI) is the result of a private-public partnership. Its mission is to act as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract foreign wealth while accelerating the success of its partners and clients. 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 $10.6 billion in foreign direct investments to Greater Montréal. From these investments, 52,000 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 9,000 international strategic workers.