A group of video games developers from Quebec have formed a co-operative to help support their growth and increase their mutual profitability.
The co-op will enable members to pool resources while preserving their creative autonomy.
La Guilde des développeurs de jeux vidéo indépendants du Québec (The Guild of Video Games Developers of Quebec), is the largest independent video games co-operative in the world, with 75 different studios as members. These studios employ 600 people with a total of CAD$18m (£9.4m) in salaries.
The Guild’s president, Louis-Félix Cauchon, said: “In the past five years, the number of independent video game studies in Quebec has quadrupled.
“The main goal of the Guild is to give Quebec’s independent studios a strong and united voice, and ultimately support them in the creation of collective wealth.”
The Guild is operating in accordance with co-operative values and principles, which it has developed with support from a social economy centre – Chantier de l’économie sociale.
It has developed partnerships with various organisations such as pop-culture event Montreal Comiccon, finance company Deloitte, and the National Design and Animation Centre (NAD) in Montreal.