Coming to Montreal

LEAVING EVERYTHING BEHIND TO MOVE TO MONTREAL, THE 5TH LARGEST VIDEO GAME DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN THE WORLD, IS A HUGE ADVENTURE.

Change country.

Learn a new language.

Embrace the cold.

Realize that Montreal DOES make the best bagels.

Our colleagues who have taken the plunge tell us why they chose to rebuild their lives in Montreal, share what they love most about our city, and why it is so good to work and live here (even in the winter!)

 

Alexandra 

Senior UX Designer

Country of origin: Born in South Korea, French nationality

Arrival in Montreal: 2018

Why choose Montreal?

I had visited a friend in Montreal a few years ago and it was truly a wonderful vacation. My thesis tutor also had a great passion for Canada. It was on my bucket list to live here one day.

What is your favorite place in Montreal?

I like Montreal parks, especially Laurier, Lafontaine and Mont Royal parks. I spend a lot of time in restaurants and Korean karaoke bars too. 🙂

What is the most common misconception about Montreal?

The most common misconception is that winters are long and you get bored. I took up winter sports, bought a snowboard, went dog sledding and ice climbing. It’s really fun!

What would you say to a friend who is considering immigrating to Montreal to work in the video game industry?

Montreal is a very dynamic place and there are a lot of video game companies here. It is the dream location.

3 words to describe Montreal?

Energy, friends, restaurants

MARTIN

Studio coordinator

Country of origin: France

Arrival in Montreal: 2019

Why did you choose Montreal?

First, coming from France, it made me more comfortable to choose a French speaking destination..

Also, several close friends have already lived here and have all fallen in love with this city. I wanted to understand why. I knew from what people had told me that I was going to fit right in with the state of mind and the vibe of the city.

Your first impression of Montreal?

I arrived in the middle of autumn and was amazed by the colours of the trees.

I immediately felt at home. The welcoming and easygoing nature of Montrealers are not overstated and I immediately experienced their kindness.

The administrative procedures are much simpler here than in France. Within a week of my arrival, I had all the necessary documents. Also, the city is calm and the people are overall more positive and less stressed than in France. And finally, I find that the light is really special here and different than what I was used to.

What is your favorite place in Montreal?

Obviously, the view from Mont-Royal is a classic, but I would say that my favourite place in Montreal is Old Montreal with its beautiful cobbled streets and vintage signs.

What is the most common misconception about Montreal?

That it is always cold!

When you ask a French person to come here, he/she will always say "no, it's too cold." To which I answer that if you dress for the season, the cold is completely manageable. Although the winters are long, the spring and summer seasons are truly magical. It is a city that has a thousand faces depending on the season.

What would you say to a friend who is considering immigrating to Montreal to work in the video game industry?

That it is "The place to be!" That the video game industry is dynamic, that life here is simple, and that one is given a great deal of freedom.

3 words to describe Montreal?

Calm, Beautiful, Enriching

Rodrigo

Support programmer

Country of origin : Brazil

Arrival in Montreal : 2019

Why choose Montreal?

Many things! Multiculturalism played a big part because I was looking for the opportunity to improve my English and learn a new language. But, Montreal being one of the biggest game hubs in the world was the main reason since I dreamed of working in the industry.

Your first impression of Montreal?

Awesome! I'm really enjoying living here even if I didn't get the chance to visit many places… YET!

I arrived in the middle of the winter, which was the biggest difference from my city where 10 degrees Celsius is considered intensely cold! My overall impression is that it is a great city to live in with nice places and great people.

What is the most common misconception about Montreal?

That we can't work and live without knowing French. Knowing both languages will be a super boost for your personal and professional life, but you can still arrive just knowing English and learn French after you arrive (there are government French classes to help with it). I'm still learning French, but I arrived with just my "bonjour" and a strong Portuguese accent.

What would you say to a friend who is considering immigrating to Montreal to work in the video game industry?

Just do it!

All the biggest studios in the world (like Square Enix) have offices here. You will have a large market to explore and you can choose what best fits best your career goals. And, many positions don't require previous experience in the game industry, so you can get your dream job here as I got mine.

3 words to describe Montreal?

Multicultural, Franglais, Poutine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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