A major Japanese video-game company is setting up shop in Vancouver.
Namco Bandai Studios Inc. has announced its new Vancouver studio will start up in June. It will be housed in the Centre for Digital Media at Great Northern Way Campus.
The subsidiary, Namco Bandai Studios Vancouver Inc., will develop social games, according to a B.C. government news release heralding the announcement.
"As we build our global development network, we are very honoured and excited to have found Canada as our partner," Hajime Nakatani, CEO of Namco Bandai Games Ltd., said in the release. "British Columbia has demonstrated a deep understanding of the digital media and game industries, especially in Vancouver, which has a long history as a pioneer in game development. This makes it a perfect choice for our first step forward in establishing our global network. I am confident that we will be able to achieve new and amazing feats in Canada, thanks to its great talent pool, leading edge academic and research institutions and pro-business federal and provincial governments."
B.C.'s Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training says it provided "significant assistance" to the company.
"The decision by NAMCO BANDAI to locate a new game studio in Vancouver to develop online social games for the North American market is a testament to the strength and innovation of the B.C. video game industry sector, its local development talent and its strong educational institutions," Howard Donaldson, president of the industry association DigiBC, said in the release. "NAMCO BANDAI is a leading Japanese video game company with a rich history of creating a number of blockbuster games with global appeal such as Tekken, Ridge Racer and Soul Calibur. I very much appreciate the B.C. government's efforts to attract such a highly recognized game company to locate in Vancouver and help enrich our creative ecosystem within the digital media community."
According to the government, B.C. is home to 85 game studios, which employ 5,000 full-time employees and have thousands more under contract.