The video game explosion
The video game industry here has a long history: Québec has been earning a reputation for its creativity and innovation in the field since the 1980s. In 2016, there were some 230 companies operating in the video game industry and related fields.
- Employment in the industry has grown exponentially in recent years, with the number of jobs increasing tenfold since 2002.
- In 2016, more than 10,000 people were employed in Québec’s video game industry.
- Montréal is the world's fifth-largest video game centre, after Tokyo, London, San Francisco and Austin.
Two Montréal studios for Square Enix
Eidos made its mark in the world of gaming as soon as it opened up its studio in Montréal. Some of its biggest successes include Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which has sold over three million copies. In 2011, the parent company of Eidos founded a second studio in Montréal, Square Enix Montréal . The very first game produced by this studio, Hitman GO, ranked among the App Store’s best applications for 2014. In 2016, its game Lara Croft GO received a nomination at the British Academy Awards (BAFTAs).
Coming soon to the big screen!
Entirely made in Québec, Assassin’s Creed has become a flagship of the international video game industry and is exported worldwide. Since the franchise was created in 2007, more than 103 million copies have been sold around the globe. Upon its release, Assassin’s Creed received critical acclaim and began raking in a string of awards and honours, which hasn’t let up. The franchise will be coming to the big screen on December 21, 2016.
Beenox: Outstanding talent and values
Renowned for its talent and values, this Activision subsidiaryhas racked up over 40 awards since its creation in 2000. Beenox was a winner at the Canadian Videogame Awards for Skylanders Trap Team and finalist at the BAFTA Game Awards in the Best Game, Family category in 2015 for Skylanders: Swap Force.
Ludia wins several awards at the Tabby Awards 2015
Video game developer Ludia took several honours at the 2015 Tabby Awards, a global competition for the best tablet-optimized apps. It was rewarded by users in numerous categories, including Android game: Adventure, Arcade, Racing, RPG & Strategy, where Dragons: Rise of Berk received the Users’ Choice award. Family Feud 2 won Users’ Choice in the Android game: Cards, Casino, Puzzle & Trivia and iPad game: Trivia & Word categories.
Ululab breaks new ground with Slice Fractions
It’s hard to believe that children can have fun learning fractions, but that challenge was cleverly pulled off by the Québec company Ululab with the game Slice Fractions. Parents and educators were so intrigued by Slice Fractions that Apple awarded it the Apple Editor’s Choice – App Store Worldwide in 2014! GlassLab, an organization funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was also impressed by Slice Fractions. The app is one of the five games chosen by the organization, out of thousands of educational apps worldwide! Ululab is certainly destined for a bright future.
Important names in Québec's video game industry
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The digital game industry
A number of Québec companies are international stars, known for their bold, innovative digital games.
Mobile, online and console game studios
Educational game studios
Multimedia application software developers
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Audio, sound and music
Testing and quality control
Major commercial titles developed in Québec
Many highly renowned video games were created in Québec. A number of them have won prestigious awards and reaped considerable critical and commercial acclaim.
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- Army of Two
- Chop Chop
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Hitman Go
- The Assassin’s Creed franchises
- The Prince of Persia franchises
- The Splinter Cell series
- Watch Dogs