Rockster Closes Vancouver, Expands Toronto Studio with Government Support

Rockstar Games is closing down its Vancouver studio to refocus its Canadian efforts in Ontario, where the company has opened a larger, custom-built facility in Oakville, for the Rockstar Toronto team. The studio expansion is being supported by the Ontario government.

That doesn’t mean the Vancouver employees are all being laid off, however. Rockstar is moving its 35-person Vancouver development team, which worked on Bully and Max Payne 3, to the new facility over the next six months, and is offering all members of that team the opportunity to join Rockstar Toronto or take positions in other Rockstar studios.

Jennifer Kolbe, Vice President of Publishing and Operations for Rockstar Games, said:

“Expanding Rockstar Toronto and bringing our Canadian development talent together under one roof underscores our commitment to building world-class teams that can make the kind of groundbreaking entertainment experiences Rockstar Games is known for. We believe a single Canadian team will make for a powerful creative force on future projects. 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.”

I do hope this partnership results in an outcome more positive than the industry’s last major public government partnership…

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