Toronto, March 28, 2023 – Today the Entertainment Software Association of Canada is delighted to welcome Tencent to its growing list of members.  As the voice of Canada’s video game industry, ESAC serves its membership by engaging with government, public relations, and policy stakeholders across the country and abroad. ESAC is proud of the role it plays in supporting the growth of Canada’s video game industry.

The success of Canada’s industry is due to the combination of homegrown success stories and investment by some of the world’s largest publishers and developers.  The creation of this ecosystem has allowed Canada’s industry to rival those of larger countries.  ESAC’s mandate is to work on behalf of our members to improve the business environment for video game companies in order to grow our footprint, employment, and investment.  Tencent is the latest example of a global company investing in Canada to contribute to the incredible ecosystem that exists here.

Tencent Games, a leading global platform for video game development, publishing, and operations, has established offices in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver to focus on the creation and development of original games.  Tencent Games currently offers more than 480 games to over 800 million players around the world.

“Canada is a powerhouse for creativity and innovation and the birthplace of many best-selling, beloved games. We are proud to deepen our roots in this community and contribute to its vibrant and growing industry,” said Brent Irvin, President, Tencent Americas. “Our presence supports Canada’s world-class talent, its outstanding developers, and the local ecosystem so everyone can create better games. We see tremendous opportunities to enhance our development capabilities, deliver amazing experiences and generate high-value jobs in this market.”

“Canada continues to produce exciting independent video game companies as well as attract the biggest multinationals from around the world,” said Jayson Hilchie, President & CEO of ESAC.  “Tencent’s growing presence in Canada shows that the business environment here is attractive to companies that could invest anywhere.  By joining ESAC, Tencent has also shown that it is committed to helping support our collective efforts to grow the video game industry in Canada and make it the best in the world.”


Tencent is a leading global technology company founded in 1998 with the ambition to connect people. For more than 20 years, Tencent has connected users to content and services through innovative digital and social platforms. Tencent was an early innovator in the mobile Internet space, creating products and services people could access and enjoy whenever and wherever they wanted.

Tencent Games is a leading global platform for video game development, publishing, and operations, dedicated to offering high-quality interactive entertainment experiences for game players across the globe.

About ESAC

ESAC is the national voice of the video game industry in Canada. We work for our members – Activision Blizzard, Glu, EA, Gameloft, Tencent, Ubisoft, Kabam, Other Ocean Interactive, Ludia, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Relic Entertainment, Solutions 2 Go, WB Games, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Codename Entertainment, Certain Affinity and NetEase games – to ensure legal, regulatory and public affairs environments are favourable to long-term business development. For more information, visit theESA.Ca.