Montreal Dominates Canada's Video Game Scene

by Louis Rheaume

The Canadian video game awards were presented last week in Vancouver. Seven of the 15 prizes have been won by Montreal firms, and five by Eidos-Montreal for Deus Ex: Human Revolution in these categories: best game console, best sound, best game design, best script, and best new character. Toronto won five prizes for the game Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP. Vancouver won three prizes.

Nominees came from many different cities around Canada, and not just big cities. The best game studios are doing also business in Quebec City, Victoria, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Sudbury, Ottawa, and Markham.

If Montreal has the best performance among Canadian cities, most of the winners in the city were foreign firms with a branch in Montreal such as Eidos and Ubisoft.  In comparison, the nominees were composed of five different studios in Vancouver and seven in the Greater Toronto area.  

In Quebec, the biggest game studios have long been foreign firms, which create fewer games and produce more in sub-contracting big and long projects for the head office. Thus, it took four years to Eidos-Montreal to produce its first video game, Deus Ex. Smaller games studios have emerged in the Quebec province to create an interesting industry cluster.

FIFA Soccer 12 from Electronic Arts was the public’s choice for Game of the Year, and NHL 12 from Electronic Arts was named the top selling video game in Canada. Other individual winners included Margaritaville Online from Exploding Barrel Games, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations and Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012, both from Ubisoft Montreal. All the awards were for work developed in Canada and released in 2011.

Ubisoft Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ubisoft Toronto is a growing and diverse team on a collective mission to create what’s next in AAA games. Whether as an elite spy, a master assassin, or a fearless explorer, we put the player at the heart of all our games. Since opening our studio in 2010, our team shipped the critically-acclaimed Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist as lead studio, and Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 in... more

Eidos Montreal
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.... more

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Louis Rheaume

Louis Rheaume

Mr. Rhéaume has the scholarity of a doctorate in business administration, concentration in strategic management, innovation management and corporate finance. He holds a Master’s degree in finance. He has numerous years of experience in consulting, strategy, financial analysis and business intelligence, mainly in the telecommunications and computing industries. He has also been a researcher in... more

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