Too Human developer Silicon Knights’ header Denis Dyack has weighed in on the number of layoffs and closures we’ve been seeing over the last year and half. They will not have been in vain, as Dyack sees things turning around as the industry starts to slowly but steadily recover from its slight downfall.
“It’s been really a rough year and a half for the industry as a whole. The number of layoffs in the industry has been staggering,” said Dyack. “As an external developer it’s been tough. I actually don’t know anyone who’s older than us any more. There used to be four or five people I knew of but I feel right now that we’re one of the last of the V8s. I’ve talked to a lot of people and I know a lot of people who have gone out of business.”
With the announcement of french behemoth Ubisoft opening a new studio in Toronto, Dyack believes Canada’s Ontario region will become a worldwide leader in games development. Adding the backing by CAD 263 million from the Ontario government, it’s not only developing powerhouses that see the value of expanding in this area.
“Before, Ontario was a little isolated, there wasn’t a lot of videogame companies here. But that’s going to change. With all the positive steps that the government’s done – were were huge proponents off – Ubisoft coming in for example, that’s going to change everything for the better. I’m really looking forward to that, we’re super-excited.”
Dyack also said that by keeping local talent in the area rather than shipping them away or having outside companies recruit them, this vision could be realized within a five year timespan. “Quite honestly Ubisoft is only the first. I expect to see Silicon Knights grow, I expect to see Ontario to be a really good place to be over the next five years and you’re going to see a massive change.”