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Montréal, May 2, 2016 – CyberConnect2, a Japanese developer of video games for consoles and mobile devices, recently announced plans to open studios in Greater Montréal.
With offices in Tokyo and Fukuoka, the Japanese company has chosen Montréal as the base for its western operations in the first phase of its global expansion plan. The new studios will open in Mile End in summer and will be run by Koji Yamanouchi.
Created in 1996, CyberConnect2 specializes in video games for consoles and mobile devices and has recently developed expertise in animation. The company’s portfolio includes over 30 video game titles, 7 mobile games and 2 feature-length animated films currently in production. CyberConnect2 is also the studio behind world-famous releases such as Naruto and Final Fantasy.
“As CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd. celebrates its 20th anniversary, to make sure to compete further in this world market, we need to find our “Western Samurais”. We already have some foreign staff in our studios in Fukuoka and Tokyo, but we can’t stay and wait them to come in Japan. There must be many creatives who want to develop with the Japanese touch. We would like to find these talents in Montréal, a city where creators from all over the world come and where public institutions support the industry initiatives,” said Hiroshi Matsuyama, President of CyberConnect2.
The future Montréal studio is already in search of talented developers: http://www.cc2.co.jp/montreal/#recruit
Greater Montréal ranks 5th in the world among video game development hotbeds, behind only Tokyo, London, San Francisco and Austin. At home, the region leads the industry with close to 40% of all studios in the country, propelling Canada into 3rd place among the world’s leading industry hubs, behind the United States and United Kingdom.