In countries that don’t have significant gaming industries (read: any country outside the United States and Japan), most budding developers rely on the growing support of the mainstream gamer to help flood existing behemoths with cash, thus fueling the need for regional game studios to pluck the best and brightest of the local graduates.
In recent years, some of the largest game houses in the world, such as Ubisoft, THQ, EA, Sony, and Microsoft have branched out past the traditional strongholds and established unique presences in many other countries – including the UK, Australia, Canada, India and even China.
What entices a company to start a studio in a particular place, and not others? Does local government play a role?
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