Canada Is Now Hiring – Major Game Studios in Canada
At PAX 2011 (yeah we talk about that event a lot here) I attended a number of ‘how to get into the industry panels’. For more on that see my article So You Want To Get Into The Game Industry.
During Q&A periods at these panels I was saddened to hear a number of fellow Canadians complain that they couldn’t get a job in the industry because “All the good studios are down in the States.”
I call shenanigans. Canada is home to dozens of major game developers and hundreds of small and indie studios.The following is a list of the major players in the Canadian gaming industry.
- Vancouver, British Columbia – EA’s main Canadian office. Located in the heart ofVancouver’s downtown, developers here mostly work on annual titles for EA’s sport franchises.
- Burnaby, British Columbia – Love cars? Apply here. EA’s Black Box studio works on a number of titles, but is predominately responsible for the Need for Speed franchise.
- EA also has small Canadian studios in:
– Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario – Developing mobile games
– Charlottetown, PEI – Developing mobile games
– Lacolle, Quebec – Developing mobile games
Although Bioware/Mythic is now owned by EA it deserves a mention of its own. This amazing developer of RPG goodness has studios in:
- Edmonton, Alberta – Bioware’s main facility producing both the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises.
- Montreal, Quebec – A newly established and growing studio that is currently supporting the Mass Effect franchise but we theorize (with no real evidence, just a gut instinct) will be developing a sequel to Jade Empire.
- Montreal, Quebec – Visceral is also owned by EA but deserves a solo mention for the excellent work done with the Dead Space franchise (let’s not talk about Dante’s Inferno).
Find yourself working on Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Might and Magic, Prince of Persia and more at Ubisoft.
- Montreal, Quebec – Ubisoft’s main Canadian studio. Bilingual? You’re hired.
- Toronto, Ontario – Rainbow 6. Need we say more?
- Montreal, Quebec – THQ’s first North American non-acquired studio. Currently developing a new IP.
- Vancouver, British Columbia – Are orks with machine guns your thing? Join the fight with the Dawn of War and Space Marine Warhammer gaming franchises. Now owned by THQ.
- Vancouver, British Columbia – Creators of DeathSpank, Penny Arcade Adventures and numerous iOS games, Hothead is a Canadian company on its way upward.
- Vancouver, British Columbia – Best known for its SOCOM series, Slant Six rocked E3 this year with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.
- St. Catharines, Ontario – Best known for Too Human and X-men: Destiny, Silicon Knights is a relatively new studio backed by the Ontario government.
Eidos Montreal is the Square-Enix owned studio that just released a little game called Deus Ex: Human Revolution. You may have heard of it. This studio is currently hiring for DE:HR DLC, Theif 4, and several undisclosed new titles.
Got a favourite Canadian studio that we’ve missed? Share the love in the comments below.