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Staffing costs rise in wake of competition for games developers in Montreal

News | 05/28/2004 4:00 am EDT

Electronic Arts (EA) is growing more quickly than anticipated in its new Montreal studio, but its presence is causing an uncomfortable price war for talent in the area, according to one smaller player. Last summer, the games giant announced plans to open a large studio in the heart of Montreal, with the intention of hiring 50 to 80 project staff every 12 months for four years (CNM, Aug. 28/03). Montreal studio GM Alain Tascan tells CNM that 50 developers are already employed at the site, and that it will likely exceed 100 by the end of the year.

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