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Borderlands firm Gearbox is opening a Montreal studio

Borderlands firm Gearbox is opening a Montreal studio

Borderlands maker Gearbox is setting up shop in Montreal, Canada.

The firm has said that it is investing CAD$200 million ($197 million) into the region to establish Gearbox Montreal, with aims of creating 250 jobs in the area.

This venture is going to be headed up by Sébastien Caisse and Pierre-André Déry, who also have headed up Gearbox's Quebec studio since its opening back in 2015.

"The Gearbox Entertainment Company is ambitiously looking both internationally and domestically to grow our creative engine and meet the incredible demand our customers have for talent-crafted experiences with our intellectual property," said Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford (pictured).

"With Sébastien and Pierre-André's leadership, I know the incredible local game development community will welcome Gearbox Studio Montreal and its balance between major studio muscle and local team culture as a needed addition to the city."

This comes in the wake of Gearbox being bought by European publishing firm Embracer Group in a deal worth $1.3 billion. At the time, Pitchford said that this acquisition was a "rocket booster" for the studio's ambitions.

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