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ESA Essential Facts 2011

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) of Canada has released their Essential Facts booklet for 2011 and in it are some gems on the Canadian gaming industry.

From ESA Essential Facts 2011

Did you know that there are about 16,000 Canadians directly employed by video game companies in Canada?

In Ontario alone the industry spent $238 million and the ESA is expecting a 21% growth of the industry!

Ontario has more companies than Quebec and is seeing more rapid growth rates. This is likely a function of the smaller average size of Ontario video game companies, as entrepreneurial companies tend to exhibit faster growth than more established companies
» Ontario’s industry is less centred on traditional console games, though they still command a slight majority share of the resources

Essential Facts 2011 PDF link

digifest Toronto Oct. 26-30

The first annual Digifest is happening in Toronto at the end of the month and it’s shaping up to be a nifty event. The festival aims to encompass a wide spread of the interactive digital scene and is well timed to match up with other events (X-summit and Art, Science, and the Brain) happening in the city.

From the Digifest website:

Digifest is Toronto’s international festival celebrating innovation and digital creativity. From October 26-30, we will be bringing together some of the world’s best and brightest to showcase next generation digital art & design. Established and emerging designers, technologists and artists will come together during Digifest for presentations, incredible demos, interactive exhibitions and parties.

Looks like the end of October is filled with digital, interactive, and gaming conferences!

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