Briefing

2K arrives in Montreal, further crowding the city’s game-development sector

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The company’s new “Cloud Chamber” studios in Montreal and California will work on the next chapter of Bioshock, its wildly popular first-person shooter. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The heady times continue for Montreal’s video game industry. In the years since Ubisoft opened studios in the city in 1997, the French gaming titan has become an anchor tenant of sorts; there are now some 140 gaming studios now in the city. Google recently chose Montreal as the first development site of Stadia, its cloud-based gaming platform. The 2K studios will create “tons of jobs,” according to studio manager Ken Schachter. While some hail Montreal’s emergence as the country’s biggest video game hub, others criticize the generous government tax incentives used to lure multinational companies to the city’s shores.