Quebec Government Grants $63 Million To WB Games Montreal
The Quebec government is awarding WB Games Montreal $63 million in grant money and incentives, according to a report from GI.biz. WB Games is going to increase their studio size by 100 employees in the next 5 years. The first $1.5 million will be used for the initial hiring along with the equipment necessary for the expansion. Founded in 2010, WB Games Montreal is known for the unreleased game Batman: Arkham Origins. Warner Bros. and Time Warner are also backing the studio.
WB Games Montreal is expected to employ over 500 people within the next 5 years. Quebec is known for being a major supporter of video game studios. The government also granted $400 million to Ubisoft. A similar grant was given to the Ubisoft Montreal studio of $400 million.
Ubisoft is almost done completing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Quebec also gave tax credits to video game employers since 1997. This helped Ubisoft expand their studio there. In Montreal, 7,500 people work in the gaming industry and over one-third of those are employed by Ubisoft alone.
[Source: Digital Trends]