B.C. companies bring their “A” game to GDC

B.C. companies bring their “A” game to GDC

March 18, 2016 Posted by

B.C.-based Kinematic Soup exhibiting at the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco.

British Columbia game development companies headed south to the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco this past week to connect with industry leaders and showcase their new projects and games.

Held from March 14-18, 2016, GDC is the longest running professionals-only video game industry event. The annual conference attracts more than 25,000 attendees from leading digital media companies, eager to meet with potential investors and promote their newest products.

British Columbia’s game development industry has been a mainstay at the event for several years and this year was no different, with nearly 40 companies from B.C. participating in the show. Companies like Victoria-based Hololabs, who attended GDC to develop and explore new ventures with others in the industry. “As an indie game studio, GDC is the perfect opportunity to form new collaborations, and partners like the B.C. government help us develop the international partnerships we need to get noticed," said Mike Wozniewski, president and chief technology officer at Hololabs.

The companies were supported by B.C.’s U.S.-based trade and investment team who worked to connect them with the partners and investors they need to expand into new markets.

The trade and investment team also co-sponsored the Canadian Interactive Alliance’s (CIAIC) “Canada Game Nation” networking reception. The CIAIC is the voice of Canada’s interactive digital entertainment industry, and their reception is the largest networking and match-making event of Canadian and international video game professionals at GDC. The reception attracts several hundred people including executives from the world’s top video game companies, making it an ideal venue to highlight the advantages of British Columbia’s digital media sector.

Recognized as one of the top video game clusters in the world, British Columbia is home to international video game heavyweights such as Capcom and EA as well as home grown talent such as Roadhouse Interactive and Eastside Games. Our strategic location on Canada’s west coast allows companies to leverage relationships with the entertainment hub in Los Angeles, technology centres in Seattle and key markets in Europe and Asia, while having access to a large pool of talented local industry professionals.

For more information on British Columbia’s thriving game development industry contact one of our International Trade and Investment Representatives.
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