Japanese company Namco Bandai opening social gaming studio in Vancouver

Japanese company Namco Bandai opening social gaming studio in Vancouver

This video game image released by Namco Bandai shows a scene from "Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch."

Photograph by: Handout , Namco Bandai













VANCOUVER — One of the world’s best-known digital entertainment studios is opening up an online social gaming studio in Vancouver.

Japan’s Namco Bandai Studios, which owns properties including Tekken and Soul Calibur, will start operations in June with a studio of about 30 people to be located in the Centre for Digital Media.

According to a news release from the provincial government, Namco Bandai Studios Vancouver will work with local government and educational institutions to “develop and secure talent” for the operation.

About 30 per cent of grads from the Centre for Digital Mediao find work in the gaming sector after graduation.

“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,” Hajime Nakatani, Namco Bandai Games CEO, said in the release.

“This makes it a perfect choice for our first step forward in establishing our global network. “I am confident that we will be able to achieve new and amazing feats in Canada, thanks to its great talent pool, leading edge academic and research institutions and pro-business federal and provincial governments.”


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