Canada is home to 329 video game companies
There are 16,500 people employed by the video game industry
Canada’s video game industry contributes 2.3 billion to the GDP annually
62% of Canadians believe the video game industry is an innovative sector which is helping to shape the Canadian economy of the future
65% of Canadians believe the video game industry has an overall positive impact on the Canadian economy
67% of Canadians believe that the video game industry provides good opportunities for young people currently planning their careers
71% of Canadians say that the governments have a role to play in choosing which industries will drive our economy in the future
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June 11 2015 ESAC Student Videogame Competition Winners Announced – Zeta Busters to be Showcased at E3 Expo
A team from the Vancouver Film School (VFS) has taken first place in the Entertainment Software Association of Canada’s (ESAC) first annual Student Video Game Competition. The VFS team, comprised of Melvin Kwan, Justin Ostensen, Charles Park and Brian Yich, has emerged as the victor in a strong pool of competitors representing schools from across Canada and all genres of video games. Their game, Zeta Busters, a strategy RPG, will be shown at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles from June 16-18, 2015.
“We’re excited and proud to showcase Canadian student talent to the world at E3,” said Jayson Hilchie, President and CEO of ESAC. “The rapid growth of Canada’s video game industry has strained the availability of skilled talent. To ensure the industry continues to attract the best and brightest, ESAC has launched the inaugural Student Video Game Competition to reward the best team of Canadian trained students with the opportunity to showcase their game at E3,” he added.
“We’re so excited to represent Zeta Busters and the Vancouver Film School at E3,” said Melvin Kwan, a member of the winning team. “Simply attending E3 is an amazing experience, but having the chance to show our game at the show is absolutely incredible.”
In addition to strategic recruitment from around the world, Canada’s video game industry hires many new grads each year to fill critical positions. With an industry average age of 31 years and an average starting salary of $47,000 for technical roles and $40,300 for creative roles, Canada’s video game industry is providing a bright future for young skilled and creative women and men.
About Zeta Busters
Over two semesters, the team created the strategy RPG which follows four heroes as they fight robots in a futuristic, pastel city. With deep strategic, turn-based gameplay coupled with quick-time events for added damage, Zeta Busters marries the best of the genre with an innovative twist. For more information on Zeta Busters, including a free download link, screenshots and trailers, please visit: http://community.vfs.com/arcade/game/zeta-busters/
About E3 Expo
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) is the foremost trade show of the newest trends, products and technologies for the global entertainment software industry. Hosted by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the E3 Expo brings together developers, distributors and media from around the world to experience the future of interactive entertainment.
Essential Facts 2014
ESAC commissions and produces original research about the economic contribution of the video game industry to Canada’s economy as well as reports on the demographics of Canadian gamers.
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