16 September 2013

Ankama Opens New Studio in Greater Montréal, Canada

Montréal - 16 September 2013 - Ankama Group has opened its first North American studio in Greater Montréal, Quebec, Canada and plans to create about 40 jobs over the next three years. It enjoyed the support of Montréal International (MI) and Investissement Québec (IQ) in opening its new studio. Established in France in 2001, Ankama is an independent digital creation group focused on the entertainment industry. 

"The arrival of a company like Ankama confirms the drawing power of Québec's digital entertainment industry. It's one of the largest creation and production hubs worldwide and has some of the most qualified and experienced workers," stated Élaine Zakaïb, Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec. "Québec remains one of the most competitive places on the planet for developing games and digital entertainment." 

"Here we have found the talent, creativity and innovation that define our group. Thanks to the pool of highly specialized workers in the Greater Montréal area, our new studio will be able to develop an entirely new generation of massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) in addition to adapting new graphics engines in the Ankama tradition, blurring the lines between video games and interactive cartoons," said Anthony Roux, the Group's Co-founder and Creative Director. 

"We are pleased to welcome Ankama to Greater Montréal in a high-value-added sector that holds great promise for the region's economy. This is excellent news, which clearly shows that Greater Montréal is a trendy area, well-known for its creative workforce, innovation and advanced technological knowledge," said Élie Farah, Vice President, Investment Greater Montréal, Montréal International. 

Source: Investissement Québec