Montreal’s Game On Audio, a voice-over service for the videogame industry, announces that it is expanding its operations thanks to a strategic investment totaling close to $2 million made possible by its parters: the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Investissement Québec and the Regional Economic Intervention Fund (FIER). The investment is comprised of funds from Game On Audio and from Investissement Québec, as well as loans from BDC and FIER Centre-du-Québec.
Game On Audio is launching its new cutting-edge Montreal studio facility at the beginning of June and says that it will expand into Los Angeles in September.
“In just eight years Game On Audio has gone from one of the first videogame sound specialists in Montreal to now a worldwide audio production provider with partner studios around the world,” says Game On Audio’s CEO, Samuel Girardin. “It’s tremendous to add prestigious partners like BDC, Investissement Québec and FIER. Their vital financial support will allow us to expand our new Montreal studios venue, to develop our proprietary audio post-production workflow technologies, and to continue to pursue international business development opportunities.”
Isabelle Leduc, senior manager, Entrepreneurship Centre, at the Business Development Bank of Canada, adds: “BDC was very impressed by Samuel Girardin’s seriousness and commitment to the project. Samuel is also surrounded by a team of seasoned professionals who have passion and the courage to go forward on their ideas. A relationship of trust was immediately established between us and Game On Audio.”
Martin Boulianne, who manages the Immigrant Investors Program at ScotiaMcLeodManager, evaluated the dossier for Investissement Québec and says: “ScotiaMcLeod is proud to support the next generation of entrepreneurs like Samuel Girardin. We’re also excited to be associated with a company like Game On Audio, which is active in the competitive and booming videogame industry. We wish every success to Mr. Girardin and look forward to continue being a privileged partner for his future expansion projects.”
Yvon Pellerin, president of FIER Centre-du-Québec, adds: “FIER is designed to help emerging companies, including young entrepreneurs, to obtain financing at the crucial start-up and development phases. By investing in a promising young businessperson like Samuel Girardin, we are helping Game On Audio to grow and to expand their international client base. This results in exports for home-grown technology expertise and more jobs here at home.”
With studios in Montreal and Los Angeles, Game On Audio (previously branded as Point d’orgue) is a leader in voice recording, casting, direction, facial motion capture, mixing and post-production for the global videogame industry. In addition, through a network of partner studios in New York, Paris, Toronto and Vancouver, the company provides clients with access to a diverse pool of talent. Game On Audio features a portfolio of more than 100 titles for 15 different development studios.
For more information, visit http://www.gameonaudio.com/.