Silicon Knights "confused" by Canadian government withholding funding

Both Dyack and Ontario have spoken up about the money that has yet to be granted to the studio

Earlier this week we exclusively reported that Silicon Knights was never given the money that the Canadian government had agreed to grant the developer. The government has now told GamesIndustry International that Silicon Knights has failed to meet certain conditions in order to receive the funds.

"Ontario has a longstanding track record of partnering with the province's digital media industry, but we also have an important responsibility to ensure accountability with taxpayers' dollars," said Brigitte Marleau Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, Sr. Advisor, Media and Communications.

"We announced a conditional funding agreement with Silicon Knights on July 14, 2011. Because the company has not yet met the conditions of the agreement, no funding has been provided," she continued.

Marleau added, "Over the past five years, Ontario has successfully partnered with businesses to create thousands of new jobs, leveraging millions of dollars of investment and improving the competitiveness of its economy. This includes Ubisoft which has produced blockbuster titles such as Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle."

Neither Marleau nor Silicon Knights head Denis Dyack could elaborate on what these conditions are (it's a confidential agreement), but Dyack seemed perturbed by the whole situation.

"Silicon Knights has met all the conditions for the grant and is confused by this response. We are continuing to look into the situation," he told GamesIndustry International.

We'll keep you posted on any further developments.

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Charles Dawkins5 years ago
I haven't seen any game coming from then since that game they released on the 360. Are they sitting on their ass or what? As a Ontario resident I saw yes don't waste my tax dollars on this company.
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Paul Gheran Scrum Master 5 years ago
Maybe the western Canadians just got tired of paying for all the easterner's hobbies? Maybe this is the beginning to equalization of the market conditions across the country? Or maybe the grant is just tied up in the endless bureaucracy of Canada.
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Jack Lee5 years ago
From what I've heard (mind you, it's from unofficial sources like podcasts and stuff), SK transitioned pretty early to working on the titles for the next round of consoles. That could be why we haven't seen anything (to my knowledge) since Too Human. Feel free to correct me if I'm misinformed.
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Tony Johns5 years ago
I just hope that the conditions for tax relief and funding do not include the government's policy of only making E rated games, or else the whole industry in Canada might be in trouble if people went over there thinking that they were going to be given funding for making any sort of game.

I think it is unlikely to have gone that far, but it would be really disappointing if it was the case considering that Canada is home to many shows that would offend Americans and almost everyone else.

Like this is the country where Terrance and Philip came from. It would be sad if the Canadian Government decide to become a real censor-troll like the American Government is.
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Chances are - Sk does not quite fulfill the criteria for funding
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game5 years ago
Silicon Knights released a game this year. That badly recieved Xmen RPG fir Activision.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 5 years ago
I'm with Chee. Either that or they needed to prove to the government that they have met the criteria and are yet to present that case.

On another note, does feel responsible to mediate this on behalf of SK?
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Sandy Lobban Founder, Noise Me Up5 years ago
In my own personal opinion...

Canada have had this for quite a while. I'd like to hear if its actually resulted in decent growth and a better tax take for the country over that time. Would be interesting to see the numbers.
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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises5 years ago
I'm guessing they aren't employing enough people after the layoffs a few months ago? Either that or the tax man played X-Men: Destiny and changed his mind about the grants.
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