PLATO Establishes Gaming Centre of Expertise in Sault Ste. Marie

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, CAN – September 20, 2018): To capitalize on increasing demand in the transforming lottery and gaming sector, Canadian IT company PLATO Testing has announced today that it will create a software testing lab in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada.

Established in 2015 by industry veteran and PQA Testing founder Keith McIntosh, PLATO Testing currently offers software testing solutions for websites, mobile apps, security, performance and automation. McIntosh sees an opportunity to capitalize on the iGaming boom to support the growing gaming cluster in Sault Ste. Marie by building a centre of software testing expertise there.

“Lottery and gaming is something we’ve had a lot of experience with. We’ve had clients in England, in the Maritimes, and one of our major clients is the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. We know how to serve our lottery and gaming clients, and we know that our solutions can be delivered not just locally but remotely, from a distance. The whole idea of a gaming centre of expertise fits with what we want to do with PLATO and with PQA.”

PLATO is expecting to take in their first training cohort this fall, and that class will begin working on testing solutions out of Sault Ste. Marie in early 2019.

McIntosh speaks highly of the opportunity for companies in the lottery and gaming sector in Sault Ste. Marie: “We’ve found that everyone in Sault Ste. Marie, from the UP team, to the Mayor, to the local cluster partners, are incredibly supportive. Come with a good idea, and people in Sault Ste. Marie will support it.”

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About PLATO Testing
PLATO Testing is developing and leveraging a network of Indigenous software testers across Canada.  PLATO Testing provides outsourced testing solutions to clients throughout North America, with a focus on projects that would have previously been sent offshore.

Established by industry veteran and PQA Testing founder Keith McIntosh, PLATO Testing addresses both the technology talent shortage in Canada and brings meaningful training and employment to Indigenous people.

Working with PLATO Testing, whether as a client or as part of the team, makes a positive impact.

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About PQA Testing
Founded in 1997, Professional Quality Assurance Ltd. (PQA) is Canada’s leading independent solutions provider of quality assurance and software testing services through a team of over 100 professionals. Headquartered in Fredericton, NB, PQA has additional delivery offices located across Canada.

PQA offers a “Test Smarter” testing process that includes methodologies, frameworks and tools to ensure that testing projects are conducted in a well-managed and consistent manner across the entire software development life-cycle. We apply and tailor our methodologies and approaches to match your development and testing life-cycle, keeping your objectives and goals in mind. PQA can add value at any point in your testing process to help ensure successful project delivery.

PQA testers are not part time testers. We are dedicated professionals who will efficiently and innovatively test your application, reduce your risk and allow you to produce better quality software. Our experienced staff, proficient in the application of automated test tools and manual methodologies, can dramatically expedite testing times.

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About UP
To bolster economic and job growth in Sault Ste. Marie’s unique Lottery and Gaming cluster of companies, UP pursues new industry partners, business environment enhancements and innovation collaborations, while elevating lottery and gaming industry awareness of SSM’s cluster and specialized talent resources. UP is a major project division of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, whose mission is to strengthen and diversify its knowledge economy. UP intensifies Sault Ste. Marie’s business performance infrastructure for the Lottery and Gaming cluster partners, helping them grow their markets from a Sault Ste. Marie base within a massive sector of the global entertainment technology industry.

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