Japanese Game Company Gree Opening Vancouver Development Studio

The mobile game maker is launching a development studio in British Columbia as part of its North American diversification.

TORONTO -- Japanese mobile game-maker Gree is setting up shop in British Columbia.

The new studio will create free-to-play games for mobile phone users and help revive a Vancouver games production sector left reeling after Radical Entertainment was shut down by U.S. parent Activision and Grand Theft Auto games developer Rockstar moved its local operation to Toronto.

Gree’s Canadian studio will be led by Steve Lin, who is promoted from vp of consumer operations at Gree International, where he launched a studio in San Francisco.

"The creative community in Vancouver has made tremendous contributions to the mobile and video game industry and we are looking forward to tapping into that talent pool and building a team of passionate innovators,” Lin said in a statement.

Gree also has offices and studios elsewhere in Tokyo, London, Singapore, Seoul, Beijing, Amsterdam, Dubai and Sao Paolo.