British Columbia is a Big Player in the Video Game Industry

British Columbia is a Big Player in the Video Game Industry

December 7, 2017 Posted by Abby Pollen

Video game companies are cropping up across the province of British Columbia, from Cosmic Logic, Gigatross Games, Hyper Hippo Productions and RocketSnail Games in Kelowna; to Hemisphere Games in Nelson; to the dozens of companies in Victoria and Vancouver. It’s a growing industry where creativity and technological know-how are joined in a productive union.

The list of games coming out of British Columbia is extensive and caters to all demographics. DigiBC released an article in time for Halloween 2016 listing the spookiest games made in B.C, complete with embedded trailers and reviews. Vancouver-based Ingenuity Works specializes in creating educational video games, and The Long Dark is a “fiercely Canadian” video game which was released earlier this year.

British Columbia is developing games for traditional video game platforms like Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo, as well as for virtual reality and personal devices like smartphones. The app Beast Brawlers by V2 Games out of Vancouver received a Top 10 Games award at the 2017 Google Play Indie Games Festival. The independent mobile games developer has recently opened a shop in New Delhi, which is indicative of the growing technological links between British Columbia and key markets like India. Trade and Invest BC recently attended the Tokyo Game Show where developers, gamers, and enthusiasts congregated to share the latest in video game advances, and next year SIGGRAPH, one of the world’s biggest gaming shows, will be coming to Vancouver.

British Columbia has an eager young workforce of graduates from cutting edge video game development programs offered by the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the University of Victoria, the Visual College of Art and Design and many more.  With some of Canada’s top universities providing world-renowned engineers and graphic artists, British Columbia has well-educated workers to support the growing video game industry.

For a more in-depth look at how many people the industry employs, the games being produced and lists of events and forums for gamers and developers, visit Creative BC and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada. Explore the list of developers in B.C. on Candevs, the site for Canadian video game companies.

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