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Between the real and the virtual The video game industry in Quebec

November 1, 2013
François Dupuis, Vice-President and Chief Economist • Yves St-Maurice, Senior Director and Deputy Chief Economist • Joëlle Noreau, Senior Economist

Quebec’s video game industry is in the limelight. It is innovative, successful and has strong drawing power. In this setting, where major studios rub elbows with microbusinesses, everyone is trying to carve out their own niche in a fiercely competitive environment. Though the sector has grown tremendously in the last decade or so, it can still take some hard knocks. The factors that have driven it forward, such as high demand for video games, advantageous tax credits and a skilled labour force, are still in place. At the same time, competition is stiffer, gaming platforms have proliferated, and it could become harder to find competent workers.