Microsoft to open a gaming studio in Victoria

By  at Sunday, December 04, 2011  

Microsoft is planning to open a game design studio in downtown Victoria in the beginning of the year 2012. The company is going to hire 50-60 people to work in the studio.
A Microsoft spokeswoman told that the studio will be headed by Edi De Martin (Next Level Games) and Chris Robertson (United Front, Electronic Arts).

"We're not announcing any specifics about what this new studio will build but we're excited to have their talent joining world-class teams, including Lionhead, Rare, 343 Industries, Turn 10, and Big Park in the Microsoft Studios family," added the spokeswoman.

The technical director of the project was interviewed. He told that Victoria was chosen for its strategic proximity to the headquarters of Microsoft in Redmond, Washington and also for its livability which is going to attract the best and most creative producers and designers in the global gaming industry.

"The sun shines over here, there are no hour-long commutes, housing prices are half as much ... it was an easy decision," said Robertson, an industry veteran who lives in Victoria.

Microsoft is known to be the world’s largest software company. It designs games worldwide with partners but it does most of the work at Redmond campus and in Vancouver. The former government office space is being re modeled on the top floor of Dogwood building at Wharf Street. The Victoria Studio is going to have an open and modern design with a rooftop garden.
Multiple format games will be produced in the Victoria Studio including Microsoft’s Xbox, Mobile and Tablet units.

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