Avalanche Studios acquires Monster Closet, expands to Montreal

Avalanche Studios Group has officially announced its expansion to Montreal, Canada, marking its fifth location globally. 

Monster Closet is a Montreal-based game development studio founded in 2021 by a team of seasoned professionals boasting over 100 years of combined experience in AAA game development. With locations in Stockholm, New York City, Malmö, and Liverpool, Montreal is the latest addition to Avalanche Studios Group’s global network. Integrating Monster Closet’s entire development team into Avalanche Studios Group aims to enhance the company’s capabilities in crafting current and future intellectual properties.

As 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of Avalanche Studios Group, the decision to establish a presence in Montreal is viewed as a significant step forward. Stefanía Halldórsdóttir, CEO of Avalanche Studios Group, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “Becoming a part of Montreal’s thriving game development scene is a fantastic way to start our new chapter. With this addition to our locations, we bring on board some of the brightest talents in the industry, reinforcing our ability to create fantastic games for millions of players around the world.”

Graeme Jennings, former CEO of Monster Closet and now leading the Montreal location of Avalanche Studios Group, highlighted the alignment of values and shared passion for game development. “From the very first moment we met, we knew that Avalanche Studios Group would be a perfect fit for us,” said Jennings. “We share the same passion for our craft and for creating great games. Not to speak about our common values around people, inclusion, collaboration, and making sure all voices are heard. If you add the fact that Avalanche has been making amazing titles for 20 years – becoming part of such a legacy and contributing to its continuation is a dream come true.”

Avalanche Studios Group has a rich 20-year history, marked by a robust portfolio of games known for redefining open-world vastness, player agency, and emergent gameplay. The company emphasizes its commitment to a sustainable work environment and an inclusive work culture, aiming to establish a unique position within Montreal’s game development landscape.

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