Québec City excels in digital arts, animation, special effects, multimedia and video games. It also has expertise in software, web development and big data , and has grown to become one of North America’s most effervescent hubs for interactive entertainment, producing both original IPs and creative content for many top brands.
Québec City’s digital arts and entertainment industry generates over $100m in revenues each year.
Umbrella organisations help to drive these developments. Québec EPIX is a network of stakeholders in the sectors of video games, animation, special effects and immersive and multimedia experience creation in the region. It allows businesses of all sizes to bring together their vision and skills and push forward on collaborative initiatives, including internationally.
Quebec EPIX is also able to help with financing and promoting projects through world-class events. It organises international missions and champions local talent, including sending Québec delegates to international meets like the Game Developers Conference.
Also sponsored by Québec EPIX is the Catapulte acceleration programme for young video game studios. It offers grants, support and coaching throughout the creation and launch of games.
Québec City also has the highest concentration of optics/photonics experts in Canada, and global players established in the area include ABB, Optel, Exfo, Olympus, Gentec, and Eddyfi.
Ann Cantin, director of communications and marketing, Québec City Business Destination and Québec City Convention Centre, tells CMW: “Cutting edge infrastructures, businesses and research centres create a thriving ecosystem that fosters meetings and events. Technologies in Québec City allow for associations and businesses to attract business events and further develop the industry while spotlighting incredible advancements made in the field.”
“When businesses set up in Québec, they are choosing an exceptional environment. Québec offers all the resources needed to support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship,” says Carl Viel, president and CEO, Québec International, the economic development agency for the Québec City region.