Montréal, February 5, 2014 – Élaine Zakaïb, Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement du Québec, today joined Dominique Anglade, President and CEO of Montréal International, in hailing the decision by Gameloft, a pioneer in digital games for mobile platforms and one of the industry’s five largest global developers and publishers, to expand its greater Montréal subsidiary. The company’s plan is to continue developing its centre of expertise in response to the logistical and IT needs associated with the ever-growing demands of the online gamer community.
“Thanks to enterprising companies like Gameloft Montréal, Québec has become a global centre of excellence in the digital entertainment industry. Gameloft is continually innovating and diversifying its service offering in order to remain competitive in several constantly evolving niches,” pointed out Zakaïb. “For our government, it is imperative to support this industry. It employs one of the world’s most qualified and experienced labour forces, and it invests massively in research and development.”
“Gameloft is a trailblazer in its field, which is why I’m immensely proud to point out that its Montréal-based division fosters the development of new growth niches in a constantly changing market. A genuinely innovative enterprise that has been impressing us for close to 15 years, Gameloft is notable for the quality of its production and the great popularity it enjoys among its clientele,” declared Anglade. “What we have here is a unique combination of know-how, talent and creativity that is the envy of many other communities.”
When it came to making its project a reality, Gameloft turned to Montréal International and Investissement Québec for assistance. The company will be awarded a non-refundable contribution of $1.3 million, courtesy of the ESSOR program. From the very start, Investissement Québec has supported Gameloft in the development of its ambitious capital project, contributing its funding expertise and facilitating contacts with local economic development agencies.
“Expanding our Montréal facilities will give us an even more competitive position in one of the fastest-growing segments of the electronic game industry,” added Mario Poulin, General Manager of Gameloft Montréal/Toronto. “Every year, our company devotes a sizable portion of its sales revenue to R&D, and our Montréal team plays a crucial role in the implementation of new projects.”
Headquartered in Paris, Gameloft is an industry leader with over 5,000 employees working in 25 development studios and 40 business offices worldwide. A global pioneer in the creation of online games, Gameloft now boasts a catalogue of more than 500 games for over 1,000 models of telephones and tablets. The Gameloft Group has the industry’s most complete distribution network for digital games, featuring some 200 operators in over 100 countries. Gameloft Montréal handles all of the Group’s audio and video development, and also provides translations for the company’s games. The games produced in Montréal—Asphalt 6, Asphalt 7, Gangstar Rio: City of Saints, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour—are top-rated by industry analysts.
Created in 1996, Montréal International is a non-profit organization resulting from a public-private partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of metropolitan Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations and international strategic workers to the area, as well as promoting the competitive environment of greater Montréal. Montréal International 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.
About Investissement Québec
Investissement Québec’s mission is to foster the growth of investment in Québec, thereby contributing to economic development and job creation in every region. The Corporation offers businesses a full range of financial solutions, including loans, loan guarantees and equity investments, to support them at all stages of their development. It is also responsible for administering tax measures and prospecting for foreign investment.
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