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2013-07-09 - Facebook has opened an office in Montreal to increase business opportunities in Quebec. The company has two employees based in Montreal to serve businesses looking to expand their presence on the social network. Facebook also launched a temporary office in Vancouver in June, which was expected to stay open for a year-long stint.
2013-05-30 - The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) unveiled new research about the Canadian video game industry. The research shows that Canada's overall video game industry is still growing at a moderate pace, even as the sector and its business models continue to evolve. Jayson Hilchie, President & CEO of ESAC, showed that Canada's 329 video game studios are a critical component of this country's new digital economy generating over $2.3 billion in GDP for the Canadian economy in 2012.
2013-04-09 - Japanese video-game company Namco Bandai Studios has announced its new Vancouver studio will start up in June. The subsidiary, Namco Bandai Studios Vancouver, will develop social games. "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, said. "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."
2013-04-10 - Long-standing U.K. studio Frontier chose Canada when it set its heart on international expansion, according to this interview with Frontier's chief operating officer David Walsh. Strategically Frontier felt North America was an obvious choice for a first studio outside the U.K., explains Walsh, because of its importance in the video game industry. "Canada has risen dramatically to the forefront of games development over the last few years, and as such offered us an excellent new talent pool from which to recruit," states Walsh.
2013-04-08 - The Canadian government is helping a Spanish telecommunications company buy BlackBerry smartphones. Export Development Canada has loaned 200 million euros, or about $265 million, to Telefonica to purchase BlackBerry's smartphones and related services. The Crown corporation says the agreement will help foster a stronger relationship between the two companies. The Spanish firm has also had a relationship with another Waterloo, Ont.,-based company, Sandvine Corp., which oversees network technology.
2013-03-04 - CDMN Canada 3.0 2013, Canada's only national digital media conference focused on the commercialization of innovation, will feature world-class speakers, a wide-ranging program and showcase of Canadian entrepreneurship when it gets under way May 14 and 15, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference, organized by the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) is expected to draw more than 2,500 attendees from industry, government and academia to advance Canadian innovation.
2013-01-31 - Siemens Canada is creating up to 25 scientific and technical jobs at its newly established R&D facility in Fredericton. The provincial government's investment in Siemens Canada's centre of competence in Fredericton will add expertise and growth to the province's ICT industry, one the target sectors in Growing Together - An Economic Development Action Plan for New Brunswick. Under the terms of the agreement, Invest NB will contribute up to $537,000 in payroll rebates with Siemens Canada. The investment will contribute in excess of $1.8 million to New Brunswick's GDP once all positions have been filled.
2013-01-23 - Ubisoft announced the acquisition of THQ Montreal as well as the publishing rights for the upcoming South Park: The Stick of Truth video game, being developed externally by Obsidian. In addition to the team at THQ Montreal, Ubisoft also acquired a yet-to-be announced IP in development at the studio. THQ Montreal will join Ubisoft's development teams, which has 26 studios in 19 countries and more than 6,250 people dedicated to video game production.
2013-01-23 - Ubisoft annonce l'acquisition du studio THQ Montréal. Le studio de THQ Montréal, travaille notamment sur une nouvelle marque AAA, non annoncée. THQ Montréal va rejoindre les équipes de développement d'Ubisoft, qui a 26 studios répartis dans 19 pays, avec plus de 6 250 personnes dédiées à la production.
2012-12-06 - Competitive online combat strategy games maker KIXEYE is expanding to Canada, and will be opening a new game development studio based in Victoria, B.C. This marks the third office for KIXEYE, and second international studio opened in 2012. KIXEYE Canada is actively staffing up to begin work on new special projects. KIXEYE currently has over 300 employees based in its San Francisco headquarters.
2012-11-14 - TELUS is proud to announce that it has won the Canadian Health Informatics Award (CHIA) for Corporate Citizenship. The award, presented at the CHIA Annual Gala by ITAC Health recognizes the leading multi-national for-profit healthcare ICT company that is committed to and passionate about health informatics and has heavily invested in contributing to the industry in Canada. The award recognizes the numerous investments TELUS has made in the health sector.
2012-10-15 - Sixteen years after Quebec’s government made a decision to make the province a hub for multimedia firms and put up the money to stoke their growth, the effort has spawned a thriving industry of about 50 companies publishing video games and 30 others making the tools that support them. Total employment in the sector tops 8,000 workers. Nicolas Van Praet from the National Post says lawmakers chose long ago to bet on video game development with the belief it would generate well-paying creative jobs and help compensate for the declining manufacturing and textile sectors.
2012-10-09 - A U.S. communications company is expanding its footprint to Canada in a bid to capture a slice of the budding telecom market for business customers. XO Communications said it will offer a range of telecom services, including high-speed Internet, now that it has extended its fibre network to a major communications nerve centre in downtown Toronto. In particular, XO is eyeing business customers in industries ranging from financial services to technology. Va.-based XO, which operates a national network across the United States, said its Canadian expansion reflects the "growing demands" of its enterprise and wholesale customers that are increasingly seeking global connectivity.
2012-09-24 - Google announced on its Official Google Canada Blog that Moncton (N.B.), Dorval(Qc.), Parry Sound (Ont.), Canmore (B.C.) and Duncan (B.C.) have all won a Google eTown award. This award is designed to recognize those towns where small businesses are investing in online tools and resources to find new customers, grow their business, and improve their operations. This blog post states that the web is transforming all businesses in Canada, not just those typically considered to be "Internet businesses." The digital economy is already worth as much as Canada’s agriculture, forestry and fishing industries combined, according to the Boston Consulting Group, and it’s forecast to grow 7.4% annually through 2016.
2012-09-12 - Ubisoft announced the launch of its performance capture studio in Toronto, a facility that will support the creation of high-quality content for games. Uniting expertise from the film and game industries, the performance capture studio will help Ubisoft Toronto create deeper characters, more immersive storytelling and more filmic, actor-driven games. According to the press release, Ubisoft says it recognizes Canada as an important hub driving the advancement of virtual production, as demonstrated by its ongoing investment across its Toronto, Montreal and Quebec studios.
2012-08-13 - TinyCo, the San Francisco-based developer and operator of popular mobile games such as Tiny Monsters, Tiny Village and Tiny Zoo Friends, announced it is opening a studio in Vancouver to continue to expand its development of mobile games. Backed by an $18 million investment led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, TinyCo is looking to broaden its team of engineers, designers, and artists.
2012-07-19 - GREE, a mobile social gaming company with a worldwide network of over 230 million users, announced it will open its first Canadian game development studio in downtown Vancouver. GREE Canada will be the Japan-based company's seventh international studio, creating 10 new jobs in Vancouver when it launches, with plans to potentially double its presence as its first offerings of innovative, free-to-play mobile games are developed.
2012-06-04 - Broadcast equipment company Miranda Technologies has agreed to a friendly takeover offer worth about $370 million from U.S.-based Belden, which is expected to leave Montreal company’s operations untouched. Belden manufactures cable and networking equipment and competes with Miranda. The company has 700 employees, including 380 in Montreal.
2012-03-15 - The vast majority of shareholders of Canadian communications equipment maker RuggedCom have tendered their stock to a takeover offer from Siemens Canada. Siemens will now move to buy the rest of the shares under the “compulsory acquisition” rules available to it. Siemens, which is paying about $400-million for RuggedCom, has promised to keep the Canadian company intact, while giving it access to the German company’s massive international operations.
2012-03-14 - Wooshii, an online marketplace for video and animation, has chosen Halifax as its North American base of operation, citing the city's location, infrastructure and talent pool as deciding factors. The branch of the Manchester-based business will house a development team and an agency team, and manage the network of account managers throughout North America. Its newly appointed president, Paul Ryan, is a veteran of highly respected New Brunswick social media company Radian6, and its seed investors were two Albertans, Timo Ewalds, founder of social-media site Nexopia, and Mike Sikorsky, co-founder of such start-ups as Cambrian House and Robots and Pencils.
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