The lights are on
Over the past few years, we've reported on layoffs and studio closures too many times to count. Today, we get to report some good news about job creation. Ubisoft has announced 500 new jobs coming to its Quebec location over the next seven years.The new positions are due to a increased American operations for online games, global network infrastructure, and growth of motion capture technologies. Total investments in these areas are estimated at $373 million CAD ($363 million USD) through 2020. Once the newly created jobs are realized, Ubisoft Montreal's total staffing will amount to 3,500 people. The new positions cover a wide array of skillsets, including community and network management, mathematicians, business analysts, monetization experts, and marketing personnel. The growth is due in part to changes made in the Quebec tax code and a financial contribution of $9.9 million CAD ($9.6 million USD). Ubisoft has been operating in Quebec since 1997. Check out our video interview with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot for more on Ubisoft's plan for the console transition and beyond.Our TakeNot only is this good news for Ubisoft and the industry, but Quebec's actions are worth taking note of. Investing in the interactive entertainment industry is smart, as video games continue to grow in usership, spanning a broad demographic spectrum. 500 new jobs over seven years is significant, and it further entrenches Ubisoft in Montreal, where so much of the publisher's strongest work is created.