Little Think Tank Studios, a mobile and social game development studio is moving its headquarters from California to Prince Edward County’s Innovation Centre. The company develops games that are played on smart phones, tablets and computers. It features some of the designers behind popular console games such as Call of Duty and Halo.
Steve Chan, CEO of Little Think Tank believes Prince Edward County has all the right ingredients for success. Key was a partnership with PEC Innovation Centre investors, matched by funding from the federal Community Futures Program.
Craig Desjardins, Executive Director of the Prince Edward, Lennon and Addington Community Futures Development Corporations says it is an innovative new direction for the Community Futures program because it takes advantage of the opportunities for growth in technology and brings young people and new business into the area.
In fact, access to a highly skilled labour market was one of the attractions for Steve Chan. The ability to tap into the Animation department at Loyalist College and the Computer Science department at Queen’s University is a huge competitive advantage in his industry. Little Think Tank will be looking for animators, experts in math and computer programmers to help develop the games for tablets and smart phones. Five people will be hired right away, with another five by September.
The quality of life in Prince Edward County was also an important factor in the decision to move from California. The County is appealing for its small-town atmosphere, its recreational opportunities and its restaurants and cafes. Large homes sell for less than half of those in Silicon Valley, and the new research park the company is moving into includes a marina. Since the facility opened last spring, 10 entrepreneurs with a total of 37 employees have set up shop.
More information about the Prince Edward County Innovation Centre can be found at pecinnovationcentre.ca