Ontario Continues to Back Games, Calls Out Europe

December 8, 2009 -

Ubisoft’s new Toronto studio, scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2010, will end up costing about $800.0 million Canadian, $263.0 million of which was subsidized by the Province of Ontario.

The Ontario Technology Corridor now claims to employ some 272,000 people across 6,700 companies; figures that prompted the Canadian Province to boast in a press release that it “wants Europe to know that the Ontario Technology Corridor is unique in the world for its depth of talent and serious government commitment to the digital entertainment industry.”

Ontario also recently donated $10.0 million to the University of Waterloo and $9.0 million to the Ontario College of Art & Design in a bid to fund digital-media based programs and improve campus infrastructures.

The Toronto Ubisoft studio, to be headed up by Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond, is expected to create 800 additional jobs in the Province over the next ten years.


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Re: Ontario Continues to Back Games, Calls Out Europe

Why just Europe? What about their nextdoor neighbour, or do they dare not challenge the almighty gaming industry of Uncle Sam? :P

Re: Ontario Continues to Back Games, Calls Out Europe

It's way cheaper to develop in Canada than the US. Ask Pandemic. Studios are popping up all over Canada and Europe. They're closing all over the US. Put 2 and 2 together.

 
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