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News | 12/13/2006 5:00 am EST

Vancouver’s gaming community is welcoming back Rory Armes, who has been named group general manager at Electronic Arts Canada. As such, he’ll have oversight of the game developer and publisher’s three Canadian studios in Vancouver, Burnaby and Montreal. As well, Armes will preside over an aggressive expansion strategy that will see EA Canada hire as many as 400 new developers over the next few years. He has a long pedigree among Vancouver gaming firms: he co-founded Distinctive Software Interactive, which was acquired by Electronic Arts Canada in 1992. He then went on to co-found Radical Entertainment with Ian Wilkinson, returning to work for Electronic Arts Canada in 1998. Since 2004, he has supervised the game company’s Stockholm, London and Montreal studios at turns. He replaces former GM John Schappert in Vancouver, who moves up to the position of COO of EA Worldwide.

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