Competition could be driving the move – after all, Ubisoft has a thriving studio in Quebec’s main city. Or it could be that they just want to add more fries poutine to their diet. Either way, THQ is opening a new studio in Montreal. Thew new studio will create 400 new jobs for the game developer in fields ranging from technology development to art design. The expansion may seem surprising to some – THQ has had a lackluster year in 2009, eliminating roughly a quarter of its staff and posting a net operating loss of $431 million.
The company’s senior vice president, Dave DeCosta, provided rationale for the new satellite: “Montreal’s outstanding pool of creative digital media talent and its highly regarded university system makes this the ideal location to support our future product and technology development needs.” He went on to speak of “government support, in the form of reimbursable tax credits and other incentives,” which also made the case for opening a Montreal office. Strangely, DeCosta has not yet made any public declarations for his love of french fries covered in brown gravy.