Live Blog: The Montreal International Game Summit

I’m live blogging today from The Montreal International Game Summit. Wake County Economic Development is here to learn more about the current state of affairs and future outlook of Quebec's impressive game development industry.

They have a very robust cluster of companies up here – it’s very diverse and contains several world-class brands; Quebec Province is also very aggressive in it's efforts to grow this cluster. I sat in on a roundtable discussion this morning which focused on doing business in Montreal. I was able to chat with Mr. Robert Pare' and a colleague from Ville de Montreal about their recruitment and retention efforts and shared some of my new material highlighting the Triangle's game development cluster. They were impressed and happy to know that I wasn't there to entice any companies to leave Quebec for NC! I assured them that Austin, TX was my primary target, not Montreal!

With so much volatility in the marketplace it is valuable to visit and make some connections with other regions that share a similar focus on growing this dynamic industry. I believe there are avenues worth exploring that could hopefully connect some of our companies in the Triangle with some of the game-dev companies here in Montreal.

Heading back into the conference for a few more sessions this afternoon. I’ll be here tomorrow and then will fly back to RDU on Thursday.


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