Canada Studio to Focus on Mobile Game Development for North American Audience
gumi, Inc., a leading Japanese developer and publisher of mobile games, today announced that its new subsidiary, gumi Canada, Inc., has opened its doors within the Metrotown Towers of Burnaby, British Columbia. The new studio will focus on developing first party mobile games specifically for the North American market, and will be overseen by Vice President of Western Studios, AJ Redmer. gumi Canada, Inc. has also signed former Capcom senior producer Chris Rowe, who will be leading the Vancouver development team and studio as Executive Producer. With today’s office opening, gumi Canada, Inc. will also provide support for increasing the job market in B.C.’s technology sector.
“Canada welcomes job-creating investments like gumi, Inc. Attracting foreign investment and encouraging businesses to take advantage of Canada’s low taxes, stable banking system and highly educated workforce are priorities of the Harper government.”
Ed Fast, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, said, “Canada welcomes job-creating investments like gumi, Inc. Attracting foreign investment and encouraging businesses to take advantage of Canada’s low taxes, stable banking system and highly educated workforce are priorities of the Harper government.”
Teresa Wat, B.C. Minister of International Trade, said, “The B.C. Ministry of International Trade, through its trade office in Japan, has worked closely with gumi to make the opening of a Canada studio in Vancouver a reality. B.C. continues to build on its reputation as a leading global video games hub in Canada, with over 85 studios employing 5,000 full-time highly paid employees, and thousands more under contract throughout the province.”
Canada is increasingly a location of choice for developing digital content such as games. With a history in game development and close proximity to gumi America’s U.S. studio in Austin and publishing arm in San Francisco, Vancouver is an ideal location for gumi to expand development of its industry-leading mobile game titles.
AJ Redmer, Vice President of Western Studios for gumi, Inc., said, “We believe in a ‘think global, act local’ approach to mobile game development, which is focused on going beyond localization and developing unique games for each market. This includes hiring the best local talent and expertise in each market, and having our feet on the ground. By working closely with the B.C. government and opening a dedicated studio in Vancouver, we are able to execute on our vision of a worldwide company with a truly local development approach for each game we ship.”
Chris Rowe, Executive Producer for gumi Canada, Inc., said. “We’re currently in the early stages of building a world-class game studio here in Vancouver, made up of the very best local talent from both mobile and console game development. With an incredibly strong trio of directors already in place across design, art, and tech, the next few months will see recruitment focus on finding developers who are passionate and hungry to produce the best work of their careers, for one of the most exciting and fastest growing mobile game companies in the world. In return, gumi Canada, Inc. is committed to providing a dynamic and rewarding work environment that focuses on creativity and professional development, all in a prime office location that provides immediate access to everything our employees may need.”
Those interested in learning more about positions in gumi’s new office can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or visithttps://www.linkedin.com/company/gumi-america-inc-.
About gumi, Inc.
Established on June 13th, 2007, gumi Inc. is a top developer and operator of mobile online games, and has distributed more than 40 titles on various platforms including many hit games starting with 任侠道 (Ninkyodo) in 2011 and Brave Frontier, recently developed by its subsidiary Alim Co. Ltd. and published globally by gumi. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the company has been growing its presence globally since 2012, with overseas operations in Asia in Singapore, Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and in Western countries in the U.S., Canada and France.
For more information, visit http://www.gumi-america.com.