HALIFAX, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - World-leading independent game development studio Frontier Developments has opened its first North American office in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"This marks a major milestone for Frontier Developments," said David Braben, founder, Frontier Developments. "Opening an office in North America is an important part of our strategy to establish a strong presence in key markets."
Today, the company showcased its widely anticipated game, Coaster Crazy, to be released on Apple's iOS devices for the holidays.
"Four years after our first meeting with NSBI and its partners, we have successfully opened our new office in Nova Scotia. We have a team of talented individuals that we are now wanting to expand," said David Walsh, COO, Frontier Developments. "The Halifax studio will work on world-class games for all gaming platforms."
The company announced in August it had chosen Nova Scotia as its location outside the U.K.
"KPMG's 2012 Competitive Alternatives report ranked Halifax #1 for cost competitiveness in Canada in the digital sector, with an especially strong video game production ranking, assisted by the Nova Scotia Digital Media Tax Credit," said Louie Velocci, Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG in Canada.
The U.K.-based company develops games for consoles, smartphones, tablets and PCs. Previous titles include RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 with Atari, Kinect Disneyland Adventures and the Kinectimals series with Microsoft, and the self-published LostWinds series on Nintendo Wii and Apple's iOS devices.
"We have seen incredible growth since we identified the game development sector as an opportunity for Nova Scotia in 2007," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc. "Frontier's decision to grow in Nova Scotia is a testament to our growing sector and educated workforce."
Mr. Braben is an iconic figure in the videogame industry, an angel investor and a passionate advocate in the field of computer science education. He is co-founder and trustee of the Raspberry Pi charitable foundation which works to revolutionize computer science education through their $25 computer.
About Frontier Developments
Frontier Developments works with top publishers to develop high quality, innovative games of different genres across all major gaming formats. The company strives to make games that will put both Frontier Developments and the games industry itself at the forefront of the world entertainment industry. For more information, visit www.frontier.co.uk and follow @frontierdev on Twitter.
About Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province's private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and follow online at www.nsbi.ca/connect
Image with caption: "Left to right: Stephen Lund, President and CEO Nova Scotia Business Inc., David Braben, Founder, Frontier Developments, David Walsh, COO, Frontier Developments showcasing the widely anticipated game, Coaster Crazy, to be released on Apple's iOS devices for the holidays in Halifax earlier today. (CNW Group/Nova Scotia Business Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121016_C7472_PHOTO_EN_19444.jpg
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