Namco Bandai have announced that they’ll be opening brand new studios in Vancouver and Singapore in June.
Namco Bandai Vancouver will be focused on next-gen development as well as online social games for North American and European markets. The studio will also work on projects with local educational groups.
Both studios will include employees from the respective countries supplemented with staff from Namco’s Tokyo branch. The Vancouver studio will be working closely with the British Columbia government to try and recruit new employees.
Hajime Nakatani, CEO, NAMCO BANDAI Studios Inc said of the announcement “As we build our global development network, we are very honoured and excited to have found Canada as our partner.” He added “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.”
As noted on the British Columbia government website “B.C. continues to be a leading global video games hub in Canada with over 85 studios employing 5,000 full-time highly paid employees and thousands more under contract throughout the province.”
Good news for developers in the face of so many layoffs recently. Here’s hoping it keeps picking up.