Namco Bandai announced today that it is opening up a Vancouver studio at Centre for Digital Media.
Namco Bandai, is the Japanese game developer and publisher behind classics such as Pac-Man, Galaga and Tekken. The new studio will start operations at the CDM in June, with a focus on developing online social games.
The company expanding its studios in Vancouver is a huge opportunity for BC’s technology sector. It significantly boosts jobs, adds vibrancy to the CDM and according to the press release, will “…work in close collaboration with local government and educational institutions to develop and secure talent, enhance quality of their game content and energize the game industry cluster.”
Centre for Digital Media’s Director, Richard Smith had this to say:
The Centre for Digital Media, a collaboration of UBC, SFU, Emily Carr and BCIT, is thrilled to have Namco Bandai moving into our facility. The connections with our students—and project and educational opportunities that we are exploring—are already paying off. As with the other digital media companies here, Namco Bandai is a great addition to the mix of researchers, studios and industry practitioners at The CDM. We look forward to working with them as we build the digital media industry here in B.C.