Microsoft Vancouver has become an important BC technology employer in several innovative ways.
Since opening its doors in September 2007, the Vancouver Development Centre (VDC) has quickly become an intricate part of Microsoft’s global strategy for distributed software development. Collectively, VDC employees work on more than 50% of all the products and services offered by Microsoft.
Black Tusk Studios and BigPark are both important facets in Microsoft's video game strategy, with the former studio now developing the next chapter in the highly popular Gears of War gaming franchise.
Also integral to its' Vancouver hub is content creation for the company's MSN portal, as well as development on future innovative forms of technology. In Fall 2015 the company's gaming divisions will move into a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The expansion will add 400 new jobs and provide a $90 million dollar boost to the city's economy.