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bentllama
08-13-2003, 06:58 PM
EA Moves To Montreal

Electronic Arts representatives have announced that the company intends to create a new game development studio in Montreal, Canada. Although no specific site has yet been selected it is expected that new project research will begin in the city by the end of 2003.

Alain Tascan has been named as the Vice President and Studio General Manager of the new operation. It is not clear whether the new studio will be developing any of the company’s existing franchises or solely creating new ones, but Executive Vice President Bruce McMillian has been quoted as saying that, “we could have as many as four major franchises operating out of Montreal.”

New staff are already being recruited via the company’s job website at jobs1.ea.com/montreal.html.

markbones
08-13-2003, 08:40 PM
Just read about that this morning - thanks for the news, bentllama. Montreal is an amazing city (that's where I am from originally). I am curious to see where they decide to locate their facilities.

Apt Pupil
08-13-2003, 10:06 PM
Sweeeet!!

Goon
08-13-2003, 10:20 PM
Werent they building a new coastal building in cali?

beaker
08-13-2003, 11:02 PM
Originally posted by Goon
Werent they building a new coastal building in cali?
Yea, but thats a consolidation of the three LA locations into a single place. What used to be Westwood Studios, Dreamworks Interactive and EA in Orange County(Irvine?).

PhilOsirus
08-13-2003, 11:12 PM
Woohoo, great news. Hopefully more will follow. I think that thanks to Ubisoft's recent works (even if I am far from being a fan of their games, they have not been very creative design-wise in their games) more companies are thinking of Montreal as another city to settle in.

Too bad I'm heading for the printing industry;)

BRUTICUS
08-13-2003, 11:32 PM
Does anyone know what games have been produced in the Vancouver Canada EA studio?

alphatron
08-13-2003, 11:53 PM
I don't know all of them, but I do know that the SSX franchise, and other EA Big games are developed at EA Canada (although NBA street is not).

isnowboard
08-14-2003, 01:39 AM
Originally posted by BRUTICUS
Does anyone know what games have been produced in the Vancouver Canada EA studio?

Many/most of the sports games. All the mocap is done in Vancouver too.

richcz3
08-14-2003, 01:46 AM
Canada offers great Tax incentives for companies to move up North. Companies can still be headquartered elsewhere, but the tech and peeps doing the work need to be in Canada.

Some incentives from two years ago were the governments subsidizing up to 80% of technical operating costs for 2 or 3 years. If youe running an operation in San Francisco or LA, that is a prospect more than worth looking into.

On another note, that's were allot of Hollywood productions have relocated over the past four years.

richcz3

bentllama
08-14-2003, 02:00 AM
Originally posted by richcz3
Canada offers great Tax incentives for companies to move up North. Companies can still be headquartered elsewhere, but the tech and peeps doing the work need to be in Canada.


blue shift games is setting up a station up in victoria. they are based in california.

wmendez
08-14-2003, 05:21 AM
Originally posted by markbones
Just read about that this morning - thanks for the news, bentllama. Montreal is an amazing city (that's where I am from originally). I am curious to see where they decide to locate their facilities.

I can't agree with you more :) Montreal is awsome! Glad to see EA opening shop here.

AnimBot
08-14-2003, 06:10 AM
Montreal is certainly a cool place. I'm returning this friday for the Radiohead concert. I can't wait:buttrock: Oh yea back to EA. It's cool to see there are several hubs forming outside of the California area growth is a good thing.

xzevlin
08-14-2003, 07:54 AM
Will they be operating in french? I think the law in Quebec is that companies over a certain size have to communicate in french (if there are over 50 employees in the office I think)

PhilOsirus
08-14-2003, 01:20 PM
More than likely xzevlin. The very top executives might not, but the rest will almost certainly be employed directly from Montreal. And again, it is never an obligation for everyone to speak french, especially if you came from the US or something like that.

So everyone over there might speak mostly english between one another, but as the years pass more of the employees will be hired directly in Montreal, altho again there will always be some people form the states/UK etc.

richcz3
08-14-2003, 03:50 PM
The jobs purge from California shows no signs of abating anytime soon. More people have left California in the last 9 months than came in. That says allot. Northern California (San Francisco) has seen the greatest exodus of people.

So in a statewide slumping economy, operations in California are less credible. (or at least as credible as Gary Coleman or ex porn star running for Govenor) :eek: California is not financialy poised to give huge Tax incentives for big companies to stay. That and there are no subsedies for technology or entertainment companies.

The good side is small independant development houses get a chance at what pieces remain. A little luster lost, but it will eventualy find its way back.

richcz3

markbones
08-14-2003, 05:08 PM
Here's a new article (http://www.canada.com/montreal/specials/business/story.html?id=8E9CC3F9-BC4E-49AB-A920-E54F3FBC279F)

There are no requirements at companies for speaking French. All the turmoil you hear is because, get ready for it, the print size of the French letters on a sign must be at least twice as large as the English letters.

This fanatcism has died down in the last couple of years, especially since the Liberal government recently got elected in the last provinvcial election. Things are just peachy keen :)

Flywaver
08-14-2003, 06:10 PM
Wow! That's nice! :)

Now that I am leaving Montreal for LA studios will move up here lol! :thumbsup:

Cheers!

d8ed
08-14-2003, 09:50 PM
Personally I speak french but I can't understand a single word coming from a person speaking Quebecois. It's spoken with such a harsh accent, they might as well be speaking chinese.

I've heard great things about Montreal.. so I sent in my resume.

PhilOsirus
08-15-2003, 02:19 PM
This fanatcism has died down in the last couple of years, especially since the Liberal government recently got elected in the last provinvcial election. Things are just peachy keen

It is far from peachy keen. This "liberal" conservative government is cutting in tax incentives to companies, and they won't give any to those who settle in the Multimedia Cité (where Discreet among others are located). They don't want to encourage anyone to come to Quebec, they are cutting in everything and are unable to handle the economy and social issues in any way.

As for the french languistic laws, it is a great innitiative among others that make sure the small/medium-sized enterprises put some order and logic in the way they advertise. Stupid small enterprises with bosses who can't keep their shops in clean, in order, and who can't keep their shops funcitoning properly need a government that cares about the economy to force them to be professionnal. If it wasn't for the government's involvement, you'd see whole streets of shops with advertisement in indian only, or only chinese, or only english. It is bad for those very shops not to put advertisement in french, and since here we don't like to have Miami-gettho-like streets with small dirty pawn-shops for miles, the government has to step in and tell companies how to run their business, thank god.

If it was for me we should have more such laws, and not just language-related laws, but much more regulation directly imposed on businesses. No regulation=failing enterprises full of internal problems, lack of order and awfull working conditions among other problems. I'm glad Europe is able to give the example, without European's responsible citizens we would only have the US as an example.

Ok that was out of topic;)

Flywaver
08-15-2003, 02:32 PM
Originally posted by d8ed
Personally I speak french but I can't understand a single word coming from a person speaking Quebecois. It's spoken with such a harsh accent, they might as well be speaking chinese.

I've heard great things about Montreal.. so I sent in my resume.

:D ;)
Well, we say the same for the French from France as we can't understand most of their expressions! :p

If you get xfered to Mtl be sure to have some warm clothes and a big shovel along with nails for the winter! :p

Cheers!

markbones
08-15-2003, 04:48 PM
Ok - Let's not turn this thread into a political debate ('cause it'll be closed, or we will be 'closed'), but without stating it, I was referring to the general separation anxiety that had been prevalent when referendums and separation were the main topic of discussion, and companies & businesses were harassed or fined because the English on their signs happened to be as big as the French, or companies were fined because people went in to work on St. Jean Baptiste Day, even if it was their choice. That kind of news item will not encourage people to bring their businesses to Quebec or to come to Quebec to work vs. elsewhere in Canada.

Tax incentives have nothing to do with language laws. I agree with you it is smart business practise to cater to the dominant language when advertising, but no one should be forced to, or fined BASED ON THE SIZE OF THEIR TEXT ON THEIR SIGN! There was actually a task force set up to seek out transgressions! This is a good way to spend tax dollars? If bilingualism is such good practise, you might think the government would help out tourists from abroad by posting traffic signs, directions to tourist attractions and anything of the sort in some other language as well (obviously English) to help the tourist trade.

Originally posted by Phil "Osirus"
"It is bad for those very shops not to put advertisement in french, and since here we don't like to have Miami-gettho-like streets with small dirty pawn-shops for miles, the government has to step in and tell companies how to run their business, thank god."Forcing businesses to make the print size of the French text on their signs twice as big as the English does NOT, IN ANY WAY, ensure that.

If a company is based in an area of town that caters to a predominantly xxx speaking community that is other than French, they should be able to advertise in the language of their choice, as the main language in their advertising. No harm is done if French is 2nd fiddle. I agree French should be included, but having the TEXT TWICE AS BIG so people that never venture close to that business can sit smugly and feel that their agenda is being fulfilled? Fine the companies? C'mon!!!

I don't want to start a debate, and I don't want to have this thread closed, so let's end this here.

bentllama
08-15-2003, 04:59 PM
please stay on topic.

politics or religion have no place here...let's keep CG, church and state separate ;)

CourtJester
08-18-2003, 11:23 PM
Originally posted by richcz3
The jobs purge from California shows no signs of abating anytime soon.

WHAT jobs purge?

I know of an operation I was interested in working with in the Pacific Northwest, that is pullingup stakes and relocating to L.A. There is no place besides my current engagement in Minneapolis MN. It sure looks to me like the boom is nearly all in L.A. while the other cities are at best holding their own (New York, Dallas/Irving TX)

A buddy working at ZOIC told me says flatly that if you are in LA you are working... or you suck.:shrug:

I'd love a list of non-California places that are hiring, in good shape AND in a location where other companies exist to pick up the slack so I don't have to change states every six months.

might this be peculiar to the LightWave market, which is heavily TV with some film?

Believe me, I'd like verymuch for this to be true, but it hasn't been enough to keep me out of California. I will likely be there within two months.

Signal2Noise
08-19-2003, 12:51 AM
Originally posted by CourtJester
...

A buddy working at ZOIC told me says flatly that if you are in LA you are working... or you suck

...

I thought if you sucked in LA then it meant you were in showbiz. :p

asparapani
08-19-2003, 02:41 PM
Yo man Phil " Osirous" cut the french politics out of this thread ok! This thread is about EA coming to montreal, not how EA will operate there company in french or english. This is 3d and there's only on language in 3d, and you geussed it, it's english. Do you see Softimage ( a quebec product) making a french version? I don't think so. So please drop this language issue. Man it pisses me off when someone brings up the language issue in montreal. I think to myself these people that complain havn't left the province!

Anyways gettin back to the thread, I think it's great that EA joins the " 3d montreal club" of studios. UbiSoft must be shitting royaly, and this will force other poorly runned companies to get there act together (finally) to be competitive. There is one downside though. I hope montreal doesn't turn into another " gaming city " like other canadian cities. We need more film studios!!! Hello? american investors? Montreal has the best talent pool under one roof in canada! :applause:

Martyr
08-27-2003, 05:01 PM
hi all, i wanna know if someone here have received some news from EA after that you send your cv? Maybe the dont hire anyone before some months !

crazy43D
10-14-2003, 12:22 AM
I too was wondering... I have sent my cv a while back and haven't received any feedback yet. Of course I received a notice saying they would only get in touch if my profile corresponded to what they needed, and i am sure they have received lots of applications, have they all filled their positions?

Have they only considered local people ? Anyone knows what is the average response time given that they do give feedback?

Any information will be grately appreciated

:thumbsup:

ta!

richcz3
10-14-2003, 01:01 AM
Court Jester,

Jobs are leaving LA pure and simple. Its been happening for over two years and affects practical and effects production the same. Studios continue to work out of LA but productions are based in Canada. It really isn't anything complicated. THere are just more financial incentives in Canada.

I would bet per capita that there are smaller studios here in LA than anywhere else, but you'd probably be on as a contract player as opposed to employee. I only bring people on as contractors or freelancers. That's not for everybody. No health insurance or workmans comp. I can personaly attest to the fact that workers comp insurance went up 45% this year. That seriously puts a crimp on hiring here in Cali. Hopefuly Arnie scales back cost of business in California and keeps the jobs from flying out.

People getting out of schools eye the big game or movie studios for their prospects. So lots of talent and not so many jobs could make it dicey for some folks. Whereas Canada, the past three years has seen a significant growth in animation and game companies.


richcz3

aazimkhan
10-14-2003, 01:32 AM
Yeah, I have been trying to get into EA too....well who isnt!!?
I heard EA Montreal wont be into full operation until the next 4-5 months.

Anyone has any idea where to send Demoreels to? Montreal address? or to the usual Burnaby address..?

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