Namco Bandai opening Singapore and Vancouver studios
posted on 04.10.13 at 10:26 PM EDT by (@salromano)
One to lead Asia, another to develop online social games.

Namco Bandai is beginning operations at two new game studios in June. 

The first, Namco Bandai Studios Singapore, will be Namco Bandai’s “leading development center” in Asia and develop game content for the Asia Pacific. The second studio, Namco Bandai Studios Vancouver, will work on online social games and game content development for North America and Europe.

Official descriptions for each studio can be found below.

Namco Bandai Studios Singapore Pte. Ltd.

  • Capital: 1 million SGD
  • Established: March, 1, 2013
  • Address: #05-11/12 21 Media Circle, Singapore
  • President: Hajime Nakatani

Being part of the rapidly-growing Asian region and of geopolitical importance, recently Singapore has defined digital content creation as the country’s strategically important industry, and has been inviting relevant companies as well as educational organizations under the leadership of the Economic Development Board. Also, many of Namco Bandai Studios’ important partner companies which collaborate in developing content are based on the South East Asian region and it has become increasingly important as a content development center as well as the growing market.

Namco Bandai Studios Singapore Pte. Ltd is positioned as the leading development center for Namco Bandai Studios in Asia, and further reinforces relationships with development partners in the region, and develops content for customers in Asia Pacific. The new company will be based in “Media Polis” in the One North district to which the Singaporean government is trying to invite media related companies. At the same time, it will advance human resource development and recruitment in collaboration with the Singaporean government and educational organizations to contribute to further revitalization of the game industry cluster which is evolving rapidly.

Namco Bandai Studios Vancouver Inc.

  • Capital: 1 million CAD
  • Established: March, 1, 2013
  • Headquarters: #210-577 Great Northern Way Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • President: Hajime Nakatani

Canada is increasingly adding to importance as the development center of digital content such as games of late, and the Vancouver area is said to be the root of such movements. Being long history in game development and stimulated by the West Coast of the USA, this area has spawned multilayered game industry cluster, dotted with medium and small-sized studios for console games and social games.

Namco Bandai Studios Vancouver Inc. will work on the development of game content for North America and European customers. The new company will be established within “The Center for Digital Media (or CDM),” post graduate school supported by 4 universities in the region which are focusing on training personnel for digital media. This will support to develop and secure human resources through partnership with CDM and pursue “next-generation entertainment”. It will also contribute to further revitalization of the game industry cluster in Vancouver through collaboration with educational organizations other than CDM and local companies.

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