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                                                            Koei Chooses Toronto for its
                                                            Diverse Workforce
                         Recognizing that video game         further their long-term objec-
                                                             tive to become “The World’s
                                                                                                 Ontario ICT and
                                                                                                 Multimedia sectors
                         development is a worldwide
                         phenomenon and that cross-          #1 Entertainment Content
                         cultural appeal and reception       Provider.”                          Ontario has more than 5,000
                         is paramount, Japanese video                                            innovative ICT companies,
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                         game developer and pub-             By establishing its North Ameri-    including leading-edge soft-
                         lisher, Koei, decided to estab-     can operations in Toronto,          ware developers, trailblazing
                         lish a Toronto studio in early      Koei was able to benefit from       digital media producers,
                         2001. Four successful years         a wealth of Canadian talent,        innovative telecommunica-
                         later, and Koei has since ex-       closely neighbouring their          tions companies and brilliant
                         panded its Toronto studio, en-      fellow competitors Ubisoft          microelectronics firms.
                         tering the domain of software       (Québec) and Electronic Arts
                         development and increasing          (British Columbia) to stay atop     Digital media draws on the
                         to a team of 150 game deve-         leading industry develop-           best from the fields of creative
                         lopers.                             ments.                              content, computing and
                                                                                                 telecommunications – and
                         Aside from being one of the         Koei’s games                        Ontario excels in all three.
                         economic, cultural and
                         social cores of Canada,            Koei Japan started in 1978 in        Ontario’s digital media
                         Toronto is internationally         Yokohama and it now has stu-         industry:
                         recognized as the most multi-      dios in 9 locations around the       •   Employs 5,400 highly
                         cultural city in the world –       world. The company is best               skilled and talented
                         exactly what Koei was looking      known for its “Warriors” action          writers, animators, graphic
                         to benefit from. As Yoichi         games (Dynasty Warriors,                 artists, musicians, hard-
                         Erikawa, Koei’s founder com-       Samurai Warriors series), as             ware and software de-
                         ments, “Toronto is a vibrant       well as simulation games such            velopers and program-
                         city with a rich cultural mosaic   as “Romance of the Three                 mers
                         that provides the company          Kingdoms” based on historical        •   Includes more than 710
                         with the necessary talent to       events in the novel of the               companies
                         develop games for a global         same name. Koei has built a          •   Is one of the top produ-
                         marketplace. We want to            large base of titles for different       cers of computer anima-
                         move people to and from our        consoles such as PlayStation 3,          tion software in the world
                         offices in Europe and Asia so      Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, as        •   Among the better known
                         they can experience the cross      well as handhelds such as                companies there are
                         cultural differences as well as    PlayStation Portable and Nin-            Alias, Decode Entertain
                         gain skills from working in        tendo DS. Subjects covered               ment, Koei, Nelvana and
                         these different locations.”        include                                  Snap Media.
                                                            action games, historic simula-
                         While KOEI continues to be         tion, strategy games, neo-
                         one of the top publishers in       romance games, adventure
                         Japan, it firmly believes that     games, sports games and
                         success in the global market-      music games. At its Toronto
                         place requires product             studio, Koei developed “Fatal
                         offerings that address the shift- Inertia”, a futuristic aerial com-
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                         ing needs of each region.          bat racing game. It also pro-
                         KOEI Canada marks the com- duced “Fatal Inertia EX”,
                         pany’s strategic globalization     “WARRIORS OROCHI” (Sony
                         consideration, and the             PSP version) and “Prey the
                         Toronto studio is helping to       Stars”.
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Ontario Education Facilities
for the Multimedia Sector:

Institutions of higher learning
play a significant role in the
industry. In this respect, the
Toronto area is uniquely
positioned in Canada.

Several colleges are particu-
larly active in multimedia train-
ing and R&D, including Seneca
College (Digital Media Centre)
and Sheridan Institute of
Technology and Advanced
Learning (Visualization Design
Institute).

The following universities are
also active in multimedia:
•   Ryerson University offers six
    multimedia-related pro-
    grams and three R&D
    centres related to the
    sector, including the
    Rogers Communications
    Centre.
•   University of Toronto offers
    two multimedia-related
    programs and operates 11
    R&D centres related to the
    sector, including the
    Knowledge Media Design
    Institute and the Interactive
    Media Lab.
•   York University offers six
    multimedia-related pro
    grams and operates one
    R&D centre related to the
    sector (Centre for Vision
    Researc).
•   University of Ontario Insti-
    tute of Technology is now
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    offering ICT courses.



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Prepared by the Invest in Canada Bureau, Spring 2009                                      2

								
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