Producers of the Canadian Videogame Awards (CVAs) announced yesterday afternoon that the fifth edition will take place in April 2014 in Toronto. This national award show celebrates excellence in Canadian-made video games and has been held in Vancouver for the past four years. At a launch reception held today at the Drake Hotel, industry leaders, government officials, sponsors and media gathered to celebrate the announcement that the show would move east for the first time in 2014.
“This is a truly Canadian show, celebrating the exceptional talent in our country, and from the beginning we have said we would like to hold the CVAs in cities across Canada. We are excited to be in Toronto for the 2014 show,” said Gregory Spievak, CEO of Reboot Communications and co-founder of the Canadian Videogame Awards. “We have developed wonderful relationships with studios across the country and are delighted with the warm welcome Toronto has given us so far,” he added.
“So many incredible video games are made in this country every year, and we’d like Canadians to recognize that,” said Victor Lucas, co-host and executive producer of The Electric Playground and Reviews on the Run, and CVA co-founder. “As the third largest developer of video games in the world, this show celebrates Canada’s place as a world leader in this industry.”
“The CVAs let all Canadians join in the celebration of a domestic industry which is producing some of the best video games in the world,” said Jayson Hilchie, President & CEO of the Entertainment Software Association of Canada. “The creativity and innovation in the Canadian video game industry is astounding and truly worthy of recognition,” he added.
“We’re excited to once again have Future Shop present the Canadian Videogame Awards next year in the vibrant city of Toronto,” said Mike Saby, Director of Gaming, Future Shop. “Heading into our third year as title sponsor, we’re thrilled with the growth of the show that celebrates made in Canada videogames and the gaming industry.”
Award nominations will open in late November, with the show taking place in April of 2014 as developers, publishers and industry leaders from across Canada will convene in Toronto to recognize the outstanding Canadian achievements of 2013. For the past four years the CVAs have been broadcast nationally by Rogers on Citytv and G4.
The Canadian Videogame Awards are produced by Reboot Communications and Greedy Productions and officially endorsed by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, Interactive Ontario and DigiBC. The producers are joined by a national advisory board of developers and leaders in the Canadian digital entertainment industry.