Electronic Arts are investing in Montreal, Quebec in a push to increase their development footprint in Canada. Over the next 10 years, the publisher looks to invest $500 million in the region.
The investment apparently extends beyond job creation as the government said that EA “intends to help structure the industry, in particular by designing infrastructure that can be shared with the video game community.”
Quebec Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão said
We offer Electronic Arts a stable, predictable, competitive fiscal framework enabling the company to move forward with this substantial expansion. This favourable environment led to the positioning of Québec as a leader in the video game industry and as an internationally recognized centre of excellence. As the Québec Taxation Review Committee clearly showed, the tax credit available to companies in this sector has significant economic spinoffs that benefit Québec society as a whole. We are pleased to welcome this major expansion by Electronic Arts, which will contribute to these positive impacts for Québec.
Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal added
This investment shows that the city is definitely a hub for the video game industry. Montréal strengthens its position as one of the industry’s focal points. These new jobs will add to Montréal’s tremendous economic vitality. I would also like to thank Electronic Arts for their continued trust.
Electronic Arts have had a presence in Montreal since 2004 as well as Jade Raymond’s studio Motive Studios.