With the assistance of Montréal International - Video games company Cyanide sets up in Montréal to launch its expansion into North America



    MONTREAL, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Amusement Cyanide Inc., one of France's
largest video games development studios is setting up in Montréal in the aim
of penetrating the North American market. The company, which was supported by
Montréal International in setting up in the region, plans to hire
approximately 65 new employees over the next three years.
    Created in 2000, Cyanide is particularly well known for the creation of
numerous successful games, including Cycling Manager, Horse Racing Manager,
Pro Rugby Manager and Chaos League for PC. In 2007, the French studio also
produced Loki and Pro Cycling Manager 2007.
    With its increasingly numerous releases, Cyanide Montréal plans to step
up its hiring efforts and create several tight-knit teams. "We hope to
maximize on the synergy and dialogue between team members, such that they can
all have an overall vision of the project and have a real impact on its
development. This is what makes Cyanide stand out," said Fabrice Granger,
Cyanide Montréal's general manager.
    "The arrival of Cyanide in Montréal unquestionably confirms Greater
Montréal's leadership in the strategic multimedia and interactive
entertainment sector," said Pierre Brunet, Chairman of Montréal
International's Board of Directors. "Montréal is today one of the best known
cities in the world for its video games industry, which has never stopped
expanding since the arrival of industry leaders, such as Ubisoft, Electronic
Arts and A2M."
    The video games sector in Montréal is represented by over 50 companies,
with some 5,000 employees and boasts the industry's highest growth rate in the
world.
    According to Fabrice Granger, the development studios' infatuation with
Québec's metropolis highlights the many advantages on offer. "Montréal is a
logical choice," he continued. "We were seduced by its dynamic multimedia
sector and business community, its highly qualified bilingual workforce and
its closeness to the United States. Montréal is in fact the ideal location to
launch an expansion into the North American market," he stressed.
    "New companies like Cyanide that decide to set up in Montréal add
dynamism to our economy and help create new wealth that benefits all
Montrealers alike," said Gérald Tremblay, mayor of Montréal and President of
the Montréal Metropolitan Community. "I am happy to see that Montréal talent
is increasingly recognized and sought after, since we strive every day to
strengthen the role of Montréal as a city of creativity and innovation. "
    Note that members of Cyanide Montréal's senior management will be
attending the Montréal International Game Summit, to be held November 27-28 at
the Palais des Congrès.
    Cyanide Montréal's offices are located at 2030 Pie IX Blvd. For more
information: www.cyanide-studio.com.

    About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)

    Montréal International was created in 1996 as a result of a
private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic
development of Greater Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its
mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations
and strategic workers, and supporting the development of innovation and
high-technology clusters in the metropolitan region. Montréal International is
financed by the private sector, the Montréal Metropolitan Community, the City
of Montréal and the governments of Canada and Québec.
    Since 2000, Montréal International has been involved in 379 direct
foreign investment projects totalling $5.6 billion. From these investments,
28,186 jobs have been created and 5,459 jobs have been maintained.




For further information:

For further information: Céline Clément, Communications Advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9390, Cell: (514) 892-4030,
celine.clement@montrealinternational.com


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