San Francisco mobile and social game developer Gree today today announced plans to establish a new game development studio in Canada—specifically Vancouver.
The new studio will be focused on creating new free-to-play gaming experiences for mobile gamers worldwide. Gree's Canadian studio will be headed-up by Steve Lin, a technology industry veteran and renowned retro game collector who recently served as Gree International's VP of Consumer Operations.
“The goal for the Canadian studio is to merge the knowledge we gained from our recent successes with more experimental approaches. We want to take some risks and come up with new games and ideas that will contribute to the ongoing evolution of the mobile game space," said Mr. Lin. "The creative community in Vancouver has made tremendous contributions to the mobile and video game industry and we are looking forward to tapping into that talent pool and building a team of passionate innovators.”
Gree's Canadian studio is the company’s seventh studio worldwide and plans to release its first game in the next six to eight months. The search for talent is already underway and is currently focused on hiring an executive producer, engineers, and artists.
“Gree is a world leader in mobile and social games and we are thrilled the company has selected Vancouver and British Columbia for its first Canadian development studio,” said B.C. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell. “This province is home to a thriving cluster of innovative video game and digital media companies that are drawn here by our deep pool of talented workers and our positive investment climate.”