Canada: Wish you were here?

Canada: Wish you were here?

By Stuart Richardson

November 3rd 2010 at 2:47PM

Thousands of UK developers have already made the move to Canada. Will you be next?

The rise and rise of the Canadian games industry, with the UK falling fast in the opposite direction, is uncovered in the next issue of Develop, released today.

To kick start two weeks of Canada focused features in Develop Online, we first explore six key reasons why British talent is emigrating abroad.

1. An outstanding quality of life

Vast, clear skies. Rugged, beautiful terrain. Wealth, land, health and a strong, multicultural society. Canada can make you happier just thinking about it.

2.  A robust industry with job security

A government that goes out of its way to support games development at both national and regional levels has produced a sector powerhouse.

3. Affordable and generous housing

With more land to play with than your average Brit could easily comprehend, houses in the provinces generally come with gardens the size of the Scottish Highlands. They look quite similar, too.

4. Forward-thinking and inclusive education systems

Development-related courses at schools and universities in Canada feed into industry careers with a professional ease that the UK setup simply cannot match at any level.

5. A chance to work on Blockbuster IP

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, FIFA 11, Dead Rising 2,  and Mass Effect 2 have all come out of Canadian development this year alone. In Canada, it rains blockbusters.

6. A fiercely creative indie scene

As the industry evolves, Canadian indies are leading the way in casual, mobile and online games.­