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Canada is #3 Worldwide in Video Game Development


The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESA) released their Essential Facts 2012 (here’s the PDF) report not too long ago and it’s filled with fun facts! According to the ESA’s research Quebec has the greatest number of industry workers while Ontario is expected to have the fastest growth.

Some notable facts from the 2012 edition:

  • The average age of a Canadian gamer: 31
  • 58% of Canadians are gamers
  • 54% of males and 46% of females play video games
  • 80% of Canadian households have at least one cell phone, tablet computer or other mobile device

The Globe and Mail picked up on the report and highlighted the fact that Canada’s video game industry is the third largest in the world right now. They also have a great breakdown and visualisation of the ESA’s report, you can view their presentation here.

Obligatory End of Year Post for 2012

It seems at the end of year every website needs to do some sort of post about a list of things that are related to said site. I’m not going to do that as other people already have. Instead, I present to you an incomplete collection of some year in review lists and whatnot:

The 5 most significant video game controversies in 2012

Was 2012 a Good Year For Women in Gaming?

The 5 events that shook the video game industry in 2012

The Best PC Mods of 2012

The 50 games that defined 2012

25 Best Indie Games of the Year from Complex Gaming.

If I come across other year in review posts that are worth mentioning, I’ll just add to this post.

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