Premier Pauline Marois, on mission to the World Economic Forum in Davos, announces the expansion of Ubisoft Entertainment Inc.’s Québec City studio, resulting in the creation of 100 jobs.
“My government’s primary concern since being elected has been to create quality jobs in all regions. In recent years, Québec has become a world hub for video game development, with nearly 90 studios and some 8,300 jobs. Our competitive business environment, skilled and creative labour pool, strategic infrastructure, specialized training centres, and operating costs that are lower than elsewhere are some of the many advantages for companies that set up operations in Québec,” said the Premier.
The Québec government is providing Ubisoft Entertainment Inc. with a non-repayable financial contribution of $510,000 to carry out the $28.7 M project over three years.
The Ubisoft project will enable the Québec City studio to develop an infrastructure on the cutting edge of technology and an environment conducive to the creation of outstanding games for next generation consoles.
The video game sector is currently going through a transition phase due to the proliferation of platforms, advent of digital distribution and growing importance of social networks and connectivity. To adapt to this new reality, game studios must rethink their production methods.
“As a result of our investment and the government’s assistance, our Québec City studio will become a AAA category studio. In this way, we are continuing to build the expertise that allows us to create the best games in the industry,” noted Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft co-founder and CEO.
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