Burnaby-headquartered Electronic Arts (EA) confirmed today that they’re taking on ~150,000 square feet at 1077 Great Northern Way in the new False Creek Flats area.
The award-winning building, which was completed in 2015, was previously occupied by MEC and is owned by Lululemon Founder Chip Wilson’s Lowtide Properties. It is one of a handful in the province that has achieved LEED Platinum certification, making it one of the greenest, most sustainable and energy efficient buildings in B.C.
“We’re excited to have this great new footprint, with amazing amenities for our team, to add to our flagship Burnaby studio as we continue to invest in our teams and leadership in the market,” said Jon Lutz, Vice President of Strategy, Operations and Finance at EA.
“The support to health and wellness that are present at the new location not only helps EA attract and retain great talent, but it provides staff with an environment in which they can do their best work.”
While the Canadian corporate headquarters in B.C. will remain in Burnaby, the move marks an expansion of EA’s footprint within Metro Vancouver.
No formal date has been identified for EA teams to take up tenancy at 1077 Great Northern Way, but a phased move-in process is anticipated to begin in Spring, 2022.
“This is exciting news for Vancouver. Video games companies thrived during the pandemic, and many of them continued to hire in 2020 and 2021,” Matt Carlson told Techcouver regarding the news.
“As these larger companies return to the office we’re forecasting that many of them will need more space, even if they plan to offer hybrid work arrangements for their teams.”
EA is currently in the middle of a massive expansion of its Burnaby campus and is hiring. The gaming giant is redeveloping a portion of a 12 acre property it owns at 3700 Gilmore Way — immediately north of its main 16 acre campus at 4330 Sanderson Way.