Rockstar expands its Toronto operations

Rockstar's Vancouver studio will be gradually moved to a new, larger facility in Oakville, Ontario; studio expansion is being supported by the Ontario government.


Rockstar Games will be expanding its development efforts in Toronto with the opening of a larger studio in Oakville, Ontario.

Max Payne 3 studio is expanding with a little help from the Ontario government.
Max Payne 3 studio is expanding with a little help from the Ontario government.

The new facility will house the current Rockstar Toronto team, as well as the 35-person Rockstar Vancouver team, which will move to the new quarters gradually over the next six months. The publisher said it will offer all existing members of the Vancouver team the opportunity to join Rockstar Toronto or take positions in other Rockstar studios.

According to the publisher, the new Toronto studio expansion is being financially supported by the Ontario government; however, no financial details have been disclosed.

"We believe a single Canadian team will make for a powerful creative force on future projects," Rockstar vice president of publishing and operations Jennifer Kolbe said. "We plan to add more than 50 new positions to our combined Canadian team and are pleased to be entering into this strategic partnership with the Ontario Government."

Rockstar Toronto has worked on several titles for the publisher, including Max Payne 3, The Warriors, and the Grand Theft Auto series. Rockstar Vancouver has worked on Bully and Max Payne 3.

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