While several video game heavyweights such as Ubisoft and Electronic Arts are already installed in Montreal, the metropolis will soon see another major player in the industry settle in its territory. TiMi Studio Group, a subsidiary of Tencent Games, which notably designed Call of Duty: Mobile, Honor of kings, will soon open a new branch there. In particular, the group plans to create an “open-world multiplatform AAA game” there.
The subsidiary TiMi Montreal “will enjoy complete freedom of creation and plans to increase the size of its team by the end of the year,” we learned in a press release released on Monday.
However, it is not known how many new jobs will be created, when the subsidiary will open its doors and how much investment is required to create it.
“We are not trying to produce work on a low budget,” explains Vincent Gao, head of global development for TiMi Studio Group. Montreal has a diverse and forward-thinking workforce capable of creating AAA experiences on a large scale. Our priority is to put in place the highest quality console and PC platforms, and then allow users around the world to play the way they want, on the platform of their choice ”.
To ensure the growth of the local talent pool, the subsidiary says it wants to commit to collaborating with universities and local organizations such as Montreal International.
TiMi Studio Group also has studios in Los Angeles and Seattle. While TiMi Montreal and TiMi Seattle have the mandate to design video games, TiMi Los Angeles serves as a management and operations center to support the development of activities in North America.
Montreal, video game hub
With some 200 studios and 15,000 workers with video game skills, Montreal is the 1st video game production center in Canada and 5th in the world according to Montreal International.
Organization aimed at attracting foreign investment, international organizations and entrepreneurs, Montréal International supported the opening of TiMi Montréal.
“TiMi’s decision to settle in Montreal strengthens the city’s position as a leading global hub in video game design. It has the potential to attract the best talent to grow our video game ecosystem, which goes hand in hand with our promotional efforts, both with international workers and investors ”, explains the President and CEO of Montréal International, Stéphane Paquet.
Since the start of the year, Montréal International has supported eight video game implementation or expansion projects in the metropolis. These projects generated investments of $ 495 million.
According to the Quebec Video Game Guild, Montreal has the greatest concentration of international video game design studio channels, in particular because of the quality of its workforce and the ecosystem it offers. The video game industry would generate annual spinoffs of a billion dollars in Quebec according to the Guild.