Vancouver unit to be headed by Gameview’s CEO Irfan Virk.
DeNA says its Canada studio will provide design, development and operation support for other DeNA Group companies. The firm will provide $600,000 to launch the studio.
It says it chose Vancouver for its heritage as a location for major game development and for its support structure and university graduate programmes.
Virk is moving across from Gameview, which was acquired by DeNA in September 2010, and is best known for Tap Fish.
“We are excited to begin operations with the great talent in Vancouver,” said Virk. “DeNA anticipates the new studio will meaningfully contribute to augmenting the whole group’s game development and operating capabilities.”
DeNA's Mobage games platform currently serves over 35 million users in Japan with more than 1,800 game titles for smartphones, feature phones as well as PCs.