Again showcasing Canadian talent and creativity, an impressive number of Canadian developed and published video games are taking centre stage at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) in Los Angeles. Throughout the Expo, Canadian-made games are being showcased on next generation consoles and a variety of mobile devices. Emanating from a creative cluster of companies which is the biggest in the world per capita, Canadian-produced games from ESAC member companies at E3 include:
- Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft)
- Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA / Bioware Edmonton)
- EA SPORTS UFC (EA Canada)
- Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft)
- FIFA 15 (EA Canada)
- Go Go Ghost (DeNA Vancouver)
- Hitman™: Sniper (Square Enix Montreal)
- NHL 15 (EA Canada)
- Rival Knights (Gameloft)
- Shape Up (Ubisoft)
- Skylanders: Trap Team™ (Activision / co-development support from Beenox)
- Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition Ex Plus Alpha (Microsoft / Capcom Vancouver)
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
“Over the last decade, Canada has really emerged as one of the best places to make world-class video games,” said Jayson Hilchie, President & CEO of the Entertainment Software Association of Canada. “We have creativity in spades, skilled workers and an innovative spirit which is propelling our games to the highest heights of the industry. E3 is the premier international showcase in our industry and all Canadians should feel proud of the Canadian-made games showcased here today,” he said.
Canada’s video game industry contributes over $2.3 billion to the Canadian economy annually. There are over 300 companies which collectively employ 16,500 Canadians in high-paying, skilled-intensive jobs in cities from coast to coast. The average age of workers in our industry is 31 years and the average salary is $72,500, proving that young people’s talents and passion for digital media can be a meaningful contributor to Canada’s productivity.
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 Expo brings together developers, distributers and media from around the world to experience the future of interactive entertainment.