Namco Bandai opens Vancouver studio

Pac-Man, Tekken publisher establishes new Canadian outfit to work on mobile and online games.

Japanese Pac-Man and Tekken publisher Namco Bandai this week opened an office in Vancouver that will create mobile and online games. The Vancouver Sun reports that the office will employ around 30 people.

Namco Bandai announced the creation of its Vancouver studio in June. The outfit, located at the Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus, will be known as Namco Bandai Studios Vancouver Inc.

According to Namco Bandai Studios president Hajime Nakatani, the city of Vancouver was chosen over Montreal and Toronto because of its sizable "cluster" of digital artists and engineers.

Not only that, but Centre for Digital Media director Richard Smith said Canada is a smart choice to establish a studio because development talent is less likely to be lured away.

"One of the things that is attractive about Canada, I think, is the people are just as skilled and they are less likely to jump ship and disappear like in San Francisco or L.A.," Smith said. "Here's a place you can build up a team and they're not going to disappear on you."

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18 comments
shahban5
shahban5

Cornwall Ontario also please get dragon ball z raging blast 3 please ASAP

xMat7x
xMat7x

Damn, why can't they open a studio in Toronto. 


Montreal and Vancouver already have a sh*t ton of studios. In Toronto there is just Ubisoft Toronto and Drinkbox Studios (They developed Guacamelee) that I'm aware of.

obsequies
obsequies

may seem strange having a jap studio in canada but many parts of vancouver are almost 1/4 asian 

Hurvl
Hurvl

I remember when Pac-Man was just a 2D character that looked liked a yellow pizza that someone had taken a slice off.

bfa1509
bfa1509

Who is that impostor in the picture?

aboki808
aboki808

glad to hear this than some company laying employees off.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

As a Canadian, all I can say is: Ok.

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

somebody opens studio?.....me: shocked. Way to go! I didn't expected this in our time and age, but Im honestly glad :D

MHzBurglar
MHzBurglar

Too bad it's only a mobile/web studio.  I was hoping this would help to increase localization efforts of their proper console/handheld games (which to be fair has been steadily getting better the last two years.)

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

also, vancouuuuuveeer, beautiful city of miiine

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

thumbnail toilet pacman has had too many dots.

BFKZ
BFKZ

nice :) how about an awesome cross-platform jrpg ?

snugglebear
snugglebear

>_> make a new Katamari game or I'm coming over there and rolling you all up in a ball and pushing it into the sea. 

aboki808
aboki808

@obsequies only the company will be Japanese, i'm sure the employees will be from all over the world or majority will be Canadian locals. 

fatee
fatee moderator

@Mega_Loser Yeah, about that: thanks for all the pollution blowing east into my valley. Jerk.