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ESA Canada Releases Essential Facts 2013

Canada has the biggest per captia video game industry in the world! This and many more fun facts about the state of the Canada video games industry can be found in the just released Essential Facts 2013 which has information about Canadian studios, employees and Canadian gamers.

The report has been released by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada and if you work in video games you are going to want to look at their findings.

They go further in detail too. A new research report from Nordicity for ESAC has an in-depth analysis of the Canadian video game industry.

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.

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