Electronic Arts plan to invest almost $500 million in Quebec over the next 10 years in order to expand. EA is the latest publisher to commit to growth in Montreal development scene.
Quebec government announced yesterday that Electronic Arts will invest in its Montreal operation, that will create almost 500 new jobs in the next 10 years.
Beyond the job creation, the Government said that Electronic Arts will construct infrastructure that can be shared with the gaming community.
intends to help structure the industry, in particular by designing infrastructure that can be shared with the video game community.
The Quebec Minister of finance Carlos Leitao said they will offer Electronic Arts the framework that will allow them to move forward with the expansion.
We offer Electronic Arts a stable, predictable, competitive fiscal framework enabling the company to move forward with this substantial expansion
He also stated that this favorable environment was the element that brought Quebec to the top of the gaming industry.
This favorable environment led to the positioning of Quebec as a leader in the video game industry and as an internationally recognized center of excellence.
I agree with the Minister of Finance, when someone from the authorities claims that they are good at something, well we should just take their word for it.
EA has had an operation in Montreal since 2004, but this is the first time they have made such a commitment to the government.
The company presently has its upstart Movie Studio in Montreal, as well as BioWare studio and Frostbite technology team.
Well, Electronic Arts generously spending $500 million in the region to further expand their gaming industry and community sounds good enough. Providing 500 new jobs in the next 10 years also gives an edge to aspiring video game developers and designers.
Let us hope Electronic Arts succeeds in turning these words into reality.