Electronic Arts is the latest publisher to commit to growth in the Montreal development scene. The Quebec government yesterday announced EA will invest in its Montreal operations, creating 500 new jobs in the next 10 years.
Beyond job creation, the government said EA "intends to help structure the industry, in particular by designing infrastructure that can be shared with the video game community." All told, the publisher's investments in the region will amount to an estimated $500 million over the coming decade.
"We offer Electronic Arts a stable, predictable, competitive fiscal framework enabling the company to move forward with this substantial expansion," Quebec Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão said. "This favourable environment led to the positioning of Quebec as a leader in the video game industry and as an internationally recognized centre of excellence."
While EA has had operations in Montreal since 2004, this is the first such commitment it has made to the government. The company currently has its upstart Motive Studios in Montreal, as well as a BioWare studio and a Frostbite technology team.