Facts & Research

English Essential Facts ScreenshotESAC strives to be an indispensable source of information about the Canadian video game industry.

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.

Essential Facts provides a snapshot of this research, but full reports are also available.

Below, you’ll find the latest stats as well as links to archived editions.


  • There are 329 video game companies currently operating in Canada.
  • Canada’s video game industry contributes $2.3 billion to Canada’s GDP.
  • 16,500 people are currently employed by Canada’s video game industry.
  • The average annual salary of a video game industry worker is $72,500.

Click to download 2013 Essential Facts about the Canadian Video Game Industry [pdf].

Click to download the 2013 report from Nordicity: Canada’s Video Game Industry in 2013 [pdf] – 60 pages (disponible en anglais seulement).

Previous editions of Essential Facts: 2012201120102009.

The entertainment software industry has created thousands of skilled Canadian jobs in the development, publishing, distribution and sales of video games. Many of the worlds best-selling games have been developed right here in Canada.

Other reports:

Canada’s Entertainment Software Industry in 2011 [pdf]– 60 pages (disponible en anglais seulement).

The Opportunities and Challenges of a Growing Industry [pdf] – 60 pages (disponible en anglais seulement).

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