MONTREAL, Sept. 30, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal International (MI)
welcomes the decision of French group Ubisoft to open a new online
infrastructures and gaming hub in Greater Montréal in addition to
developing motion capture technologies. Ubisoft—a leading global
producer, publisher and distributor of interactive games—plans to
invest $373M over the next seven years and hire 500 employees to join
the team of 2,650 at its Montréal subsidiary.
On hand for the announcement of this major investment for the Greater
Montréal economy were Québec Premier Pauline Marois, the Minister of
Finance and the Economy, Nicolas Marceau, the Minister of International
Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, Jean-François Lisée, and the Minister for
Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec, Élaine Zakaïb.
"Ubisoft Montréal's expertise has helped grow the industry's leading
brands. To build on its proven know-how, the company now needs to
develop new online operations and infrastructures to provide users with
the connected, social and interactive experiences they expect," said
Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montréal and Toronto. "Today, we are
reaffirming our commitment to Montréal's creativity and technological
expertise and honouring our choice to pursue our development here. All
this is possible thanks to the vision and support of the Québec
government. We are also extremely pleased to be working with Montréal
International, who has provided us with a wide range of services from
the very beginning," he added.
Montréal International regularly supports Ubisoft with its growth plans
in Montréal as part of its mission to attract and expand foreign direct
investments to the metropolitan area.
"This investment is a high-value-added project for Montréal's already
world-famous video game industry. Ubisoft's decision clearly shows once
again how attractive our region is thanks to its unique pool of
expertise," explained Élie Farah, Vice President of Investment Greater
Montréal, Montréal International. "This highly skilled workforce is the
perfect embodiment of Greater Montréal's innovation and creativity. I
am pleased that Ubisoft has chosen Greater Montréal and I hope the
group's decision will spark the interest of other international players
as well," he added.
Montréal International plans to continue working with Ubisoft's Montréal
studio to help create its new hub. "The success of this project will
strengthen Ubisoft's position as a world-leading game developer. To
achieve its goals, the company can count on Montréal International's
strategic support, especially in recruiting the highly skilled workers
it needs," said Farah.
Since it set up its operations in Montréal in 1997, Ubisoft has grown to
become a top employer in the Information and Communication Technology
industry. Today, the company employs over a third of all the people
working in the video game industry in Québec.
About Ubisoft (www.ubisoftgroup.com)
Ubisoft is a leading global producer, publisher and distributor of
interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably
through its strong and diversified line-up of products and
partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 28 countries and has sales in more
than 55 countries around the globe. The group is committed to
delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers.
For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated sales of €1,256
About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)
Created in 1996, Montréal International (MI) is the result of a
private-public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the
economic development of Greater Montréal and enhance its international
status. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments,
international organizations and international strategic workers as well
as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater
Montréal. Montréal International—a non-profit organization—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.
Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract $9.4
billion in foreign direct investments to Greater Montréal. From these
investments, more than 49,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To
date, MI's activities have also allowed almost half of some
60 international organizations to establish themselves in the city and
attract and retain more than 8,000 international strategic workers.
SOURCE: Montréal International
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