THQ, a global leader in interactive entertainment software development and publishing, plans to group essential functions for all of its subsidiaries under one roof in Montréal: product development, research and development (R&D), creation of artistic content, quality assurance and title adaptation in different languages.
Left to right: André Gamache, CEO of Montréal International; Minister Clément Gignac; Steve DeCosta, Vice President, Finance and Administration at THQ; Louise Morin, Executive Vice President, International Affairs, Investissement Québec; and Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, THQ. Photo: François Desaulniers
THQ’s Montréal studio will provide jobs to nearly 60 people in the first year and that number should climb to over 400 in five years.
"THQ chose Québec as the location for this major expansion. By setting up its biggest studio here, THQ is joining and bolstering a booming local multimedia industry that's ready to take on new challenges. Many multinationals in this industry are electing to open new facilities here because Québec has all the ingredients they need to succeed, including a talented workforce, competitive operating costs and the government's active support," declared the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac.
Montréal stands out
"Thanks to its outstanding pool of creative digital media talent and its highly regarded university system, Montréal is the ideal location to support our future product and technology development needs," said Steve DaCosta, Vice President, Finance and Administration at THQ. "Moreover, government support in the form of refundable tax credits and other incentives enabled Montréal to stand out as the best combination of creative talent and favourable economics of the cities we evaluated for our new studio."
It bears noting that the Québec government has implemented a set of measures to support the growth of the multimedia sector.
Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation