In a country renowned for recognising and supporting the games industry it hosts, Québec stands out as perhaps the most forward thinking province, and as a result has become home to numerous studios, publishers and tech companies.
Combining the roles of a financial institution and economic development agency, Investissement Québec is one of the key organisations that assists those running or establishing a games company in the area. As well as promoting Québec as a prime location for investment, the body prospects foreign investment, and offers support services to international subsidiaries in the state.
Luc Carignan, director of Investissement Québec's London office, explains how the body provides such a service: "Since it was created in 1998, Investissement Québec has played a leading role in the economic development of Québec by supporting investment projects that total more close to $50 billion and have led to the creation of some 170,000 jobs.
"One of the main goals is to attract foreign video game companies in Québec. To do so, it provides all the information on comparative operation cost evaluation, how to built strategic alliances with local and international partners and find a location that suits the companies' needs."