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220 GAME DEVELOPMENT STUDIOS IN QUÉBEC ARE UNITING
following the merger between Alliance numérique and La Guilde des développeurs de jeux vidéo du Québec

Montreal, January 23rd 2020 – Members of Alliance Numérique and La Guilde des développeurs de jeux vidéo du Québec have ratified the merger of their two organizations to form a unique representative in the videogame industry in Quebec, a world leader in this sector. The new organization will be called « La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec ».

With its 220 member studios based in Quebec, whether they are independent or international, La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec is the largest association of its kind in the world. A powerful economic force in Quebec, the videogame industry generates annually more than 1 billion in economic returns and helps to maintain 13,000 jobs across Quebec.

La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec promotes the Quebec videogame industry, locally and internationally and supports its development as a global leader. La Guilde wants Quebec to be the international reference in videogame development through the creation of a strong, perennial and diversified videogame ecosystem. Quality of the workforce, training, recruitment, diversity, creativity, innovation, support for entrepreneurship, export, influence and growth of members are its leitmotivs.

Appointment of the board and the general management

Dominique Lebel of Behaviour Interactive, president of the board
Dominique Lebel, senior vice-president of Behaviour Interactive, one of the most important independent video game developers in North America, will be the first president of the new association. “It is a great honour to represent the Quebec videogame industry. Our sector is experiencing exceptional growth throughout the world, and Quebec is well positioned to maintain and increase its position as a market leader. Quebec talent in the videogame sector is remarkable and we must mobilize so that it is recognized here and all over the planet.” declared the new president. Dominique Lebel has been executive vice-president of Cossette from 2001 to 2010, then deputy chief of staff to the Premier of Quebec from 2012 to 2014. He has been Behaviour Interactive’s senior vice-president for the last 5 years.

Nadine Gelly appointed as general manager
An active participant in the merger of the two organizations as the general manager of Alliance Numérique, Nadine Gelly has also been the general manager of Lune Rouge’s creative Hub from 2017 to 2019 and general manager of La Vitrine culturelle de Montréal, which she founded and directed for 10 years. Known for her initiative as well as her management and mobilization skills, she will be a considerable asset for the organization as it wishes to accrue its presence and promote the industry. “The videogame sector is very exciting and it is an exceptional opportunity to be able to contribute to its recognition and development. Montreal and the province of Quebec can be proud of their dynamic ecosystem made up of studios of all sizes, some created by Quebec entrepreneurs, while others evolve within global video game giants. It is this rich and diverse ecosystem that must continue to grow and evolve in the years to come.” said Nadine Gelly.

Appointment of the first board of administrators of La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec
It is important to highlight the exceptional work of the members of both boards, Alliance Numérique and la Guilde des développeurs de jeux vidéo du Québec, for all the work they put in that led to the merger, and particularly to the outgoing presidents Anny Lafrance and Louis-Félix Cauchon. “The entire videogame industry in Quebec is now united within the same association. It is a giant step that demonstrates our desire to take Quebec to new heights at the global level. We are now speaking with one voice, “said the outgoing presidents.

La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec would like to congratulate all the new members of its board, who represent the entire Quebec ecosystem, made up of studios of all sizes, but all sharing great ambitions.

Executive committee of La Guilde
Dominique Lebel, Behaviour Interactive – President of the board
Christopher Chancey, ManaVoid Entertainment – Vice-president of the board
David Fugère-Lamarre, Illogika – Secretary-Treasurer
Louis-Félix Cauchon, Jeux Boréalys – Administrator
Anny Lafrance, Electronic Arts – Administrator

Administrators
Francis Baillet, Ubisoft Montréal
Jean-François Boivin, Panache Jeux Numériques
Martin Carrier, Frima
Ghislain de Pessemier, Outerminds
Diane Derome, corporate administrator (adm.A.)
Jimmy Gendron, Ludia
Étienne Gosselin, Ryan Affaires publiques
Nicolas Liorzou, Groupe Keywords Studios
Andréane Meunier, Turbulent
Philippe Morin, Red Barrels
Pascal Nataf, Studio Affordance
Rémi Weiss, Gameloft

About La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec
La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec is a non-profit cooperative whose mission is to promote the videogame industry, locally and internationally, and support its development as a global leader. Quality of the workforce, training, recruitment, diversity, creativity, innovation, support for entrepreneurship, export, influence and growth of members are its leitmotivs.

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More information:
Nadine Gelly, general manager
La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec
Cell : 514 944-5373
nadine.gelly@laguilde.quebec

About La Guilde

It is essential today to consider our future as an organic and synergistic ecosystem. In recent years, a host of small "indie" (independent) businesses have grown on the fertile ground for innovation, creativity and digital technologies.

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