As I may have mentioned before, I’ve had the chance to work on a game in the Montreal incubator, Execution Labs. It was a great environment to work in, and it just got better! They’ve recently changed locations, and with the help of some other partners, have opened a space in which people in the games industry can work. If you’re an indie based in the Montreal area, you should consider renting out some space there! There are great people working there and you can get some feedback and insight on your projects!
Here’s the press release info on Gameplay Space
GamePlay Space, A Customized Co-working Space For Game Developers, Opens Its Doors
Montreal – February 16, 2015 – GamePlay Space (GPS), a non-profit co-working space built to suit the needs of video game developers, has opened its doors to the Montreal games community. GPS offers co-working space, meeting rooms, and a special event venue for studios, freelancers, and video game enthusiasts. By bringing together like-minded individuals GPS aims to promote collaboration and innovation within the Montreal games industry.
GamePlay Space is a joint initiative between Execution Labs, Concordia University and other active participants in the Montreal indie game scene. “The game development industry in Montreal needs an open and collaborative space where startups, small studios, and freelancers can meet, share knowledge, and work together. This critical mass of creative professionals will serve as a platform to drive the commercial success and sustainability of the community as a whole” explained Jason Della Rocca, co-founder of games accelerator Execution Labs and president of the GPS Board. Added Bart Simon, Director of TAG, Technoculture, Art and Games, of Concordia University “GamePlay Space is an integrated part of the community, which will facilitate the flow of knowledge, skills and experience across domains of the university, the game industry and media arts.”
Previously operating in a “soft launch” phase, several studios have already joined the GamePlay Space community. Among its first members are Henry Smith, creator of the game Spaceteam, as well as studios Norsfell Games and Clever Endeavour Games. GPS is also hosting a series of events with Pixelles, a local women-in-games initiative.
GamePlay Space welcomes the financial backing of $94,000 from the Ville de Montréal through the Gouvernement du Québec program Entente Montreal 2025, administered by the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine. “The Ville de Montréal is proud to support the implementation of the GamePlay Space. This project is directly answering the needs of the young and dynamic scene of game developers in need of a collaborative and stimulating space while developing Montreal’s expertise in creativity and innovation” [Translated from French], said M. Harout Chitilian, vice-president of the City’s executive committee in charge of administrative reform, youth, smart city initiatives and information technology. Further financial and advisory support is provided by SDÉVM, la Société de Développement Économique Ville-Marie, and private partners BDO and Fibrenoire.
For more information about GamePlay Space, visit the website at www.gameplayspace.com or contact GPS Director Annie Forté at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-690-1349.
About GamePlay Space
GamePlay Space is the only co-working environment dedicated to the games industry in Montreal. We are building a collaborative community of developers to share, inspire, and support each other. Founding board members are Jason Della Rocca, Bart Simon, Alain Tascan, Nick Rudzicz, and Alexandre Pelletier-Normand.