Strong hiring trends predicted for Montreal gaming companies

BioWare isn’t the only company that’s creating a hiring boom amongst Montreal’s video game companies; The Montreal Gazette is reporting that over 1,700 new employees could be added to the staffs of Montreal’s 81 gaming companies in little more than a year.

Programmers, customer support workers and quality control workers will be the most in-demand positions.

As The Gazette reports:

Technological changes are behind the need for more staff. Many gaming companies say they need to add staff in order to adapt to 3D technology which will be features of new television screens in the coming years, and the growth of casual games and Facebook games.

News of expansion follows a relatively stable period in the industry. Montreal escaped major job losses as a result of the world financial crisis, in which several studios around the world saw major layoffs. Last month, A2M laid off 40 employees, saying it plans to rehire them back when work is expected to pick up in the spring.

Look out, Vancouver; Montreal’s becoming a bigger hub for gaming by the day.