Vancouver hasn't been a happy place for gaming developers in recent years. Publishers like Capcom have laid off hundreds in their Vancouver studios, while Ubisoft and Rockstar shut down operations in the area entirely. Japan-based Namco Bandai, however, sees opportunity in the area and has signed a two-year lease for a new studio at the Centre for Digital Media. The studio will primarily focus on mobile and online games.
"The market is quite big in North America--there is room to grow for us," studio president Hajime Nakatani told the Vancouver Sun (via Polygon) through an interpreter. He adds that in addition to bringing their established franchises (Pac-Man, Tekken, etc.) to mobile, the studio hopes to leverage Namco Bandai's stable of Japanese arcade games.