Biggest video game companies in B.C. - 2011 Edition

Posted by Rob Lewis

Business in Vancouver's annual list of the Biggest video game developers in BC was published today and the usual suspects are near the top. Rankings are based on the number of staff working in British Columbia in 2010. Data was collected via interviews conducting by BIV with the firms that responded to requests for information as well as internal BIV research.

  1. Electronic Arts - 1,200
  2. United Front Games - 227
  3. THQ Canada (Relic Entertainment) - 190
  4. Capcom Game Studios Vancouver (Blue Castle Games) - 165
  5. Slant Six Games - 140
  6. Ubisoft Vancouver - 112
  7. Radical Entertainment - 110
  8. Next Level Games - 100
  9. Rockstar Vancouver - 100
  10. Propaganda Games -70
  11. Piranha Games - 55
  12. Big Park - 50
  13. Koolhaus Games - 50
  14. Utherverse Digital - 47
  15. Hothead Games - 40
  16. Nintendo Canada - 36
  17. ACRONYM Games - 26
  18. Smoking Gun Interactive - 22
  19. Magellan Interactive - 18
  20. Kerberos Productions - 15
  21. Klei Entertainment - 14

So how do these numbers compare to last years rankings.  Here are the most obvious changes year-over-year:

  • Most layoffs: Radical Entertainment cut staff from 175 to 110 & Propaganda Games shrunk from 130 to 70
  • Most hires: Slant Six Games grew from 120 to 140

However United Front Games seems to be the most impressive story of late. During the 2008 BIV poll they reported 107 staff and they have more than doubled in two years. Looks like they aren't having any trouble filling the the swank new studio Electronic Arts abandoned in Yaletown mid-renovation.

Company:
Relic Entertainment
Website:
http://www.relic.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bring together compelling, interactive storytelling and award-winning 3-D Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game-play and you'll understand why Relic Entertainment earns high praise from players and industry experts alike who salute the studio's vision to become the best RTS game developer in the world. Founded in 1997 by Alex Garden and Luke Moloney in Vancouver, Canada (a city conducive by nature to nurturing great game... 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:
Slant Six Games
Website:
http://www.slantsixgames.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Slant Six Games is an award winning independent games development studio founded in 2005 by a group of industry veterans. Releases include Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, SOCOM: Confrontation, SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 and SOCOM: Tactical Strike. The Slant Six proprietary game engine “Hexane” is a robust system adaptable to next generation console and mobile game development. Current titles in development... more

Company:
Capcom Games Studios (formerly Blue Castle Games)
Website:
http://www.bluecastlegames.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

It all started on July 4th, 2005 when 11 of us opened Blue Castle Games in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. We were in a 5,700 square foot facility then and working on one project - The BIGS. Today we are a studio of just over 150 very talented people, set to work hard and have fun this year in our 23,000 square foot facility, working on three new projects. What an exciting time to be at BCG! more

Company:
United Front Games
Website:
http://www.unitedfrontgames.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, United Front Games was formed in 2007 by former employees of Electronic Arts, Radical Entertainment, Black Box Games, Rockstar, Action Pants, Propaganda Games and Next Level Games. more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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