Gaming giant Unity expands Montreal office with new AI lab

Unity Technologies, the Danish-born, San Francisco-based multibillion dollar gaming engine, is expanding its Montreal office. The company says it will create more than 450 jobs over the next few years in Pointe-Saint-Charles.

The news comes just a day after a former VP at the company filed sexual harrassment allegations against CEO John Riccitiello.

Unity first opened its Montreal office in 2011. The company offers powerful tools to create, operate, and monetize anything imaginable for the real-time world.

The gaming giant now has 30 locations around the world. More than 50 percent of all mobile games are made with Unity, including popular titles like Angry Birds, Pokémon Go, and Super Mario Run.

“It’s an honour to be recognized for Unity’s positive impact on the economy of Canada,” said André Gauthier, Montréal Studio Head/Development Director at Unity. “It’s important to me that Unity has a thriving office in Montréal because it’s home to a dynamic community comprised of top tech talent, gaming studios, and indie creators. One of Unity’s most important differentiators is our community and we look forward to growing and fostering that in Montréal.”

Montréal will also be home to Unity Labs’ second branch (after San Francisco), where engineers and machine learning experts will focus on creating prototypes for the technology of the future.

Additionally, the expansion of Unity’s Montréal office will “make it possible to establish monetization and cloud groups that will employ artificial intelligence experts, developers, and engineers.”

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