Canadian developer Silicon Knights has announced it is contributing to a new-media “incubator scheme” in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada.

A report in Develop magazine says the project is intended to help foster the development of new-media-related business in the area, as well as attract and keep college and university graduates trained in relevant fields. Other agencies participating in the project along with Silicon Knights include Brock University, Niagara College, the city of St. Catharines, the Regional Municipality of Niagara, Niagara Enterprise Agency and Interactive Ontario.

“They are the largest game developer in Ontario and having that real-time knowledge and experience here at the table is critical,” said St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan. “When we talk about efforts to retain young people and the jobs of the future in a knowledge-based economy, this is clearly one of those business generators that we believe will help St. Catharines become well-positioned to participate in the interactive media sector.”

Founded in 1992 by Denis Dyack, Silicon Knights is the developer of the long-awaited Too Human for the Xbox 360, currently scheduled for release sometime in 2008. The company also stepped into the spotlight in July 2007, when it sued Epic Games over shortcomings in the Unreal Engine 3, which Dyack claimed led to numerous delays in the game’s development.

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