10 Biggest Video Game Developers in Montréal in 2010

Posted by Cody Klyne

The battle for the Canadian game development crown continues to wage on. While West Coast powerhouse Vancouver has long been seen as the National Champ when it comes to drawing in (and holding onto) both gaming developer talent and publisher interest (see our recent post), long-time contender from the east Montréal has certainly turned up the heat in recent years. 

Supporting this trend, announcements regarding new Quebec-based expansions from both THQ and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) will see an increase of up to 700 new gaming industry jobs within the region by year's end.

Ubisoft has topped the list with 1,800 employees, more than tripling the second-place contender, Electronic Arts, with 500. In third came A2M (450), followed by Gameloft Canada (370) and EA Mobile (300). The complete list of Montreal's biggest, largest, grandest, greatest—whatever you wanna call 'em—companies in the gaming industry is right below.

The List: Ten biggest video game developers in the Montréal area in 2010.

  1. Ubisoft Montréal – 1,800 employees
  2. EA Montreal – 500 employees
  3. A2M – 450 employees
  4. Gameloft Canada – 370 employees
  5. EA Mobile – 300 employees
  6. Eidos Montreal – 280 employees
  7. Beenox – 275 employees
  8. Frima Studio – 200 employees
  9. FunCom – 150 employees (by year’s end)
  10. Airborne Mobile - 70 employees

There statistics are according to our findings. With some of our data going back to 2009, if you work for one of these gaming companies and can help us verify employee numbers, please comment on this post or contact us privately with an updated count. 

Company:
Airborne Mobile
Website:
http://www.airbornemobile.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Airborne Mobile is a leading creator, aggregator and distributor of mobile games and other entertainment for mobile devices. Via the PocketBoxOffice™ Micro-Entertainment Network, Airborne Entertainment distributes specialty channels and programs to wireless carriers, reaching nearly 100% of all enabled mobile subscribers in North America. A privately held company, Airborne Mobile was founded by Internet industry... more

Company:
Artificial mind and movement
Website:
http://www.a2m.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

A2M is a Montreal based video game developer. more

Company:
Electronic Arts
Website:
http://www.ea.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Want to be part of the Next Generation of games development? EA is the leading developer for next gen games and looking for passionate gamers who want to be a part of this exciting time. EA Canada currently has dozens of games in production and aside from some of the most profitable game titles like FIFA, NBA Street, NHL and Need for Speed, we are also developing some home-grown next gen New IP games as well for... more

Company:
Ubisoft
Website:
http://www.ubi.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Ubisoft is a leading international developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. more

Company:
Beenox
Website:
http://www.beenox.com
Location:
Québec, Québec, Canada

Beenox is a video game developer created in 2000, in Quebec City, by Dee Brown. Today one of the most promising companies in its industry, Beenox has been awarded with the Quebec's Best Employer 2008 title. Beenox, a subsidiary studio of Activision, now has a team of over 330 specialized employees who are developing games for next-generation consoles such as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Entirely... more

Company:
Gameloft Canada
Website:
http://en.gameloft.ca
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of video games for mobile phones and consoles. Established in 1999, it has emerged as one of the top innovators in its field. The company creates games for mobile handsets equipped with Java, Brew or Symbian technology. The total number of games-enabled handsets is anticipated to exceed four billion units by 2012. Gameloft games are also available to... more

Company:
Eidos Montreal
Website:
http://www.eidosmontreal.com/
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Eidos-Montréal is the creation and unfolding of an exceptional enterprise. Our objective is to rapidly assert ourselves as a studio where the most talented developers and testers from all over the world will want to work. We have a lot going for us: first class international projects, leading edge technologies, solid relationships within our teams, and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Eidos-Montréal is an extension... more

Company:
FunCom Canada
Website:
http://www.funcom.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Funcom was founded in 1993 and has since then developed and published over 25 game titles across several gaming platforms. Most notable of these are the MMOs 'Age of Conan' and 'Anarchy Online', as well as the adventure game 'The Longest Journey'. There are currently over 300 talented individuals from over 35 different nationalities working at Funcom, spread out across offices in Norway, China, Switzerland and the... more

Company:
Frima Studio
Website:
http://www.frimastudio.com
Location:
Québec, Québec, Canada

Founded in Québec city in 2003 by Steve Couture, Philippe Bégin and Christian Daigle, Frima Studio has proved to be a successful journey for 3 entrepreneurs looking to build quality video games in the midst of the dotcom crash. We wish we could say the name Frima comes from Latin roots or ancient Greek but the explanation is rather rational; the three musketeers combined their skills in winter time. The windows of... more


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