5th December 2013

Inter-Dec College Launches Video Game Program

interdecInter-Dec College is proud to announce that its Laval campus is launching two new programs recognized by the ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MESRST). Students from Laval and the northern periphery can now pursue studies in Interior Design or Video Games at a location close to home. These programs lead to an Attestation of College Studies diploma (AEC). Read the rest of this entry »

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3rd December 2013

Project Spark Global Beta Begins Today On Windows 8.1

Microsoft CanadaMicrosoft and Team Dakota have begun inviting fans and creators who have registered on the Project Spark site to participate in shaping one of the most anticipated games of 2014 with the “Project Spark” Beta Program exclusively on Windows 8.1. Since “Project Spark” was announced at E3 in June, hundreds of thousands of fans have signed up for the closed beta, which has begun rolling out today. Starting exclusively on Windows 8.1 and available to fans on Xbox One early next calendar year, registered beta participants are welcomed to a dynamic community where players create and creators play. The beta for both platforms will continue until the product launch next year, and there’s still time to sign-up online. Read the rest of this entry »

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2nd December 2013

Nominations Open For 5th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards

Canadian Video Game AwardsNominations opened today for the 5th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards (CVAs) as the show makes the move to Toronto, a city that is known for its thriving digital economy. The show will celebrate Canada’s spot on the world stage as a leader in interactive entertainment. This industry contributes $2.3 billion to Canada’s GDP and employs over 16,500 men and women in studios right across Canada. The show will also be broadcast nationally on City TV through the Rogers Network. Tickets for the event will go on sale to the general public in March. Read the rest of this entry »

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2nd December 2013

Global Game Software Market Growth Predicted

research and marketsIn a new report available from Research And Markets, analysts forecast the Global Game Software market to grow at a CAGR of 10.04 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the innovation in audio-visual devices. The Global Game Software market has also been witnessing the increasing number of hardware platforms. However, the shifting of consumers to alternative gaming platforms could pose a challenge to the growth of this market. The report, the Global Game Software Market 2012-2016 has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Game Software market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.   Read the rest of this entry »

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28th November 2013

Eighteen Interactive Digital Media Projects Get CMF Funding

Canada Media FundA total of 18 new interactive digital media projects received a combined total of $10.7M as part of the Canada Media Fund’s (CMF) Experimental Stream second round of funding  for production support. The 18 new projects are comprised of 8 games, 9 interactive digital media platforms and 1 new social media application. Read the rest of this entry »

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27th November 2013

Vancouver Film School Adds New Programming Course

VFSVancouver Film School (VFS) is pleased to announce that it will be adding a brand-new, one-year program to its educational roster. Starting March 2014, VFS will offer Programming for Games, Web & Mobile, a course that is all about becoming a better, smarter, more versatile and hireable developer. This one-of-a-kind program teaches individuals how to create and bend programs; to develop software that is impressive, innovative, and entertaining. Students graduate with a high-powered portfolio along with the skills to impress professionals and recruiters from an incredible range of industries. Read the rest of this entry »

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26th November 2013

Next Generation Of Game Developers Selected To Create Games And Apps for Google Glass

CFCThe next generation of game developers are here – and they’re already hard at work on the next big thing. Today, Mind Pirate and the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) announced the four participants selected to participate in the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab: a three-month boot camp that gives developers the resources to create games and apps for wearable technology devices.  The four winners selected to participate in the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab consist of high caliber developer talent from both the United States and Canada. The winners are: Read the rest of this entry »

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14th November 2013

Pixelmatic Team Hits The Launch Button

pixelmaticFormer Ubisoft, Activision Blizzard, and Relic veterans announce the formation of Pixelmatic, a new social mobile game startup based out of Shanghai and Vancouver. The Pixelmatic team’s experience ranges from creating highly rated multimillion dollar AAA franchises to multimillion user top ranked social games. Pixelmatic’s focus is on creating “true social games” to push the current boundaries of social game conventions. Read the rest of this entry »

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8th November 2013

Final Production Stage Push For WindForge

snowed in studiosSnowed In Studios launched its first Kickstarter campaign on Wednesday, November 6 to raise $50,000 for the final leg in production of its first original title, WindForge. WindForge is a PC game that blends the fun of Minecraft and Terraria, with a RPG shooter. The 30-day campaign will help the studio complete the game and bring it to market in the first quarter of 2014. With 28 days to go in the Kickstarter campaign, WindForge has raised $ 5 897.00 of its $ 50 000.00 goal. Read the rest of this entry »

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28th October 2013

Game Connection Europe 2013 Selected Projects Nominees Revealed

game connection europeGame Connection Europe has unveiled the list of yet unsigned game projects nominated for the prestigious European Selected Projects 2013 Awards. On the morning of 3rd December at the Selected Projects Awards Ceremony, each of the 15 nominees will have 5 minutes to pitch their project in front of all the publishers, distributors and buyers at Game Connection Europe. The jury will then award 2013′s Overall Best Project from amongst the hugely impressive and varied, international array of entries – based on presentation quality, project innovation and market potential. Once the final selection has been made, the winners will be presented with their prizes by official sponsors of the Selected Projects program, Sony XDEV Studio Europe, Microsoft Studios and Namco Bandai Games. Read the rest of this entry »

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