Hand Eye Society Ball 2018 - Toronto
Sep
22
to Sep 23

Hand Eye Society Ball 2018 - Toronto

  • Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Hand Eye Society Ball 2018 will be Saturday the 22nd in Toronto. If you're unfamiliar with the event, it's basically a fancy-smancy party for gamers. Tickets can be purchased here, and you can check out the full site for details.

At long last, our fourth annual fancy videogame party has returned with another spectacular night featuring music, food and drink, mystery, and the best contemporary videogames from Toronto and beyond. Our last three celebrations -- at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2014, the Masonic Temple in 2015, and again in 2016 -- have all sold out before the day of reckoning, so don't delay in purchasing tickets! If you want to stay updated or share this event with others, subscribe to our e-mail newsletterFacebook group, and Twitter. They say good things come to those who use the hashtag #HESBall18 to spread the word...

Dress up fancy, enjoy a curated selection of delightful and surprising games amidst music and mingling, and support a videogame arts not-for-profit at the same time!

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EGLX - Downtown Toronto
Oct
26
to Oct 28

EGLX - Downtown Toronto

  • METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

EGLX is back! And arriving sooner than you think. 

EGLX is a celebration of all things gaming. What started out as a small get-together has grown into Canada’s largest video game event. Look forward to exciting displays from your favourite AAA and indie developers, an expanded kids zone with plenty of games for the younger set and 4 massive stages covering all the esports action in Canada Cup, the WESG Canadian national qualifiers and more. Whatever your game is, come play at EGLX in downtown Toronto, October 26 – 28!

We'll have more as we get closer to the event, but if you're a developer you can register here, or interested in the tournaments you can register here. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Ludum Dare 42
Aug
10
to Aug 13

Ludum Dare 42

Ludum Dare 42 is coming up! Ludum Dare is one of the biggest and longest running online jams in the world. It brings out a ton of amazing talent to spend a weekend making games and having a good time!

Ludum Dare has 2 formats:

Compo which is solo, 48 hours and everything for your game (except fonts) must be made during the jam time by you. It's considered hard mode, although it is the original rules for LD.

Jam which is with teams, 72 hours and anything goes concerning what assets you can use. The only restriction is that you can't have started making the game before the jam time.

Ludum Dare is a lot of fun and definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a large, competitive jam.

More info can be found on the Ludum Dare website.

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Red Bull: AdrenaLAN
Jul
27
to Jul 29

Red Bull: AdrenaLAN

  • The International Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On July 27-29 Red Bull along with Bell Canada will be presenting one of Canada’s largest game development hackathon at AdrenaLAN in Toronto. There will be thousands of dollars of prizes to be won for the best hacks in areas like mobile games and VR/AR, along with workshops to introduce attendees to the world of game development and design.

AdrenaLAN will also include an exclusive panel on the future of hackathons and will include directors from Canada’s leading hackathons as well as companies like Google and HackerNest.  Hackathon details and more information will be released at: www.redbull.com/adrenalan

Application form link: bit.ly/2JuSvAA

Beginners and first time hackers are welcome too!

Final application deadline: July 4th at 11:59pm EST

Any questions can be emailed to contact@omcn.tech. 

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The Indie Mixer
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Indie Mixer

The Indie Mixer is a new gaming event similar to speed dating, but for networking with game developers. You can check out all details on Facebook, or their Eventbrite.

The Indie Mixer is a brand new networking event for Indie Game Devs in Toronto!

The main event of the night will be set up similar to speed dating, with a mix of 1 on 1 and 4 on 4 sessions with peers, presenting a great space to talk with others in the community and create the possibility of collaborating with others in the future.

There will be a time to mix and mingle before and after, so bring your business cards and your game ideas and head on over!

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Official Viewing Party - Rainbow Six Canadian Nationals
Jul
14
to Jul 15

Official Viewing Party - Rainbow Six Canadian Nationals

Ubisoft will be hosting a Rainbow Six Canadian Nationals viewing party on July 14th at the Meltdown Toronto. It's a free event, cohosted with Northern Arena and you can check out all the details on the Facebook page:

🎖️ Hosted by Twitch creator, kaitlyn (https://www.twitch.tv/kaitlyn)
🎖️ FREE food and drinks (while quantities last)
🎖️ Custom Rainbow 6 cocktails
🎖️ Rainbow Six | Siege free to play all night
🎖️ Chances to win Rainbow 6 game codes

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Bit Bazaar 2018
Jul
13
to Jul 14

Bit Bazaar 2018

  • Toronto Media Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The latest Bit Bazaar, a popular gaming/artist showcase put on by our friends at Gamma Space will be later this month, specifically:

  • Friday July 13 : 3:00 - 9:00
  • Saturday July 14: 12:00 - 6:00

The event will be hosted at the new Toronto Media Arts Center and you can check out the full details (and a list of playable games) here. It includes some unreleased games such as Light Fingers, and A Fold Apart so I'll see you there!

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GameX 2.0
Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

GameX 2.0

GameX 2.0 is the one day gaming event in Mississauga's Hersey's Center that will feature local games, tournaments, and a Bazaar. Admission is only $5 bucks, so check out the website, or FaceBook page for all the details, and see you June 24th.

GameX is an interactive video game event combining a video game bazaar of over 70 vendors alongside gaming tournaments and the opportunity to meet some terrific gaming personalities. This is a family-friendly event and there will be something to enjoy for gamers of all ages. Admission will be $5 per person and children aged 12 and under are free!

If you're a developer, and interested in showing your games you can contact them here.

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VRTO - Virtual and Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo 2018
Jun
15
to Jun 18

VRTO - Virtual and Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo 2018

  • Rogers Communications Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'll try to update this as we get closer to the event (November 11th on the day of writing), but VRTO will be happening next summer, and you can check out all the details on the official site.

Use the code 'TOGameDevs15' on checkout when getting your tickets for 15% off.

VRTO aims to empower people to share their world, culture, knowledge and dreams with the assistance of emergent immersive technologies.

Recognized internationally for its high caliber, high-quality discussions, in-depth training, world-class presentations and top level speakers, VRTO brings together compelling discourse and bleeding-edge prototypes, demonstrations and innovative companies in carefully crafted schedules and environments.

VRTO is always an opportunity to build powerful and long-lasting business and personal relationships, with a very open-minded and inclusive community, unafraid to ask the big questions. Furthermore, the show provides many different tools to ensure attendees find their best matches towards meeting their goals at the show.

In 2016, VRTO hosted a town hall and summit to ratify a Code of Ethics for Human Augmentation led by inventor and Meta Chief Scientist Steve Mann. Read more about the Scientific paper and code that was written at Kurzweil AI

The VRTO conference is not a Toronto VR conference – it is an international conference that takes place in and leverages the tremendous R&D community of Toronto.
— https://conference.virtualreality.to/
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Game Slice 2018
May
25
2:00 PM14:00

Game Slice 2018

  • Fanshawe College’s Centre for Digital and Performance Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Already posted on the main part of the site, but Game Slice will be May 25th this year. You can check out the full details on FaceBook - and if you're interested in showing your game then you can submit your application here.

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Tech Event: Toronto Digifest 2018
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Tech Event: Toronto Digifest 2018

Toronto Digifest 2018 will be next year in April, and you can check out the full details here.  If you're unfamiliar with Digifest, it is and event focused around startup tech companies. Bringing leaders, entrepreneurs, designers, students and creatives to share digital content in interactive, gaming and design industries.

"This year’s theme, Hello Tomorrow: Our Creative Cities is about improving our quality of life and making creative cities of the future better through design, innovation, and technology. 

As the world’s population soars to almost 10 billion people by 2050, up from today’s 7.5 billion, challenges around urban spaces, food priorities, health, education, mobility and work will make us look at how innovative thinking today will shape our world tomorrow.

We’ll be featuring emerging technology and highlight stories from around the globe using tech to tackle challenges in cities."

There is also a pitch competition going on, where start ups can get $50000 in funding, as well as a separate Student showcase.

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Microsoft Yorkdale: Women's Gaming Social
Apr
21
4:00 PM16:00

Microsoft Yorkdale: Women's Gaming Social

Microsoft Yorkdale will be having a Women's Gaming Social later this month. The event will have speakers, games, snacks and drinks. You can check out the details and register right here.

Participate in Microsoft at Yorkdale's first ever, Women's Gaming Social! Our goal is to empower women who play video games, discuss the importance of community involvement and how popular streamers, competitive players and social media experts have taken their gaming to the next level. Join us for a night of discussion, icebreakers and team building activities that will make this night a memorable one! 

We will be raffling off prizes and serving free refreshments during the event.
If you have any questions, please contact Savie at savper@microsoft.com

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Sisters in Crime - One More Story Games
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Sisters in Crime - One More Story Games

The Sisters in Crime will be having our friends at One More Story Games in town this month on April 19th. You can check out all the details on FaceBook.

"We are thrilled to have Jean and Blair Leggett of One More Story Games speaking at our April meeting. They were a huge hit at Bouchercon 2017, especially with their Lily Bard game based on the Charlaine Harris books (and developed in collaboration with the author). They will be talking about interactive story telling (as well as being a sponsor!). With the variety of technical options to communicate with readers and tell story, this is a timely and relevant topic for both the creators of content and their consumers."

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Call of Duty: WW2 and Fifa 18 Tournament.
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Call of Duty: WW2 and Fifa 18 Tournament.

There will be a Call of Duty: WW2 and Fifa 18 Humber at Humber College North Campus, there is a cost to enter and all questions can be emails to: ristics.se@gmail.com

You can check out all the details on the Evenbrite page.

Last Lyfe

Featuring Call of Duty WW2 and FIFA18 on PS4

Spectators pay $10 at the door and recieve a free bag of popcorn

Call of Duty WW2

Teams of 4

Elimintation Rounds

FIFA18

Teams of 2

Elimination Rounds

Sponsered by We Got Game!

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8th Annual Level Up - Student Game Showcase
Apr
4
5:00 PM17:00

8th Annual Level Up - Student Game Showcase

  • 234 Bay Street Toronto, ON, M5K 1B2 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It's that time of year again for the annual student game showcase, Level Up. Sheridan College cleaned up last year, so let's see if they have similar success this year. The event is free for attendees, and usually a pretty good time. You can check out the featured video, and press release below.

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Press Release:

Play the Best Student-Made Games in Ontario at the 8th Annual Level Up Showcase!

 Come to The Design Exchange (234 Bay St.) in Toronto on April 4 2018 for the FREE, open- to-the public event.

 

Toronto, Ontario – March 23rd, 2018 – Experience the Level Up Showcase in Toronto, and play the mostinnovative student-made games in Ontario:

 

●       Where: The Design Exchange (234 Bay St.)

●       Date: Wednesday, April 4th

●    Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

o Media provided with early access to the event starting at 4:00 p.m.

 

The 8th annual free public event puts the spotlight on Ontario’s most talented post-secondary students in gamedevelopment who use the latest technology and platforms to make video games - including Virtual Reality (VR),Augmented Reality (AR), motion sensing, and more.

 

Level Up Showcase By The Numbers

 

·         Participants include more than 15 colleges, universities and post-secondary institutions across Ontario thatteach interactive media development

·         With over 75 games, it is the biggest not-for-profit event for players, developers, and recruiters, to get theinside scoop on the future leaders of the game industry.

·         Last year’s Level Up Showcase welcomed over 2000 attendees.

 

Showcasing the Future of the Ontario Video Game Industry

 Event alumni have regularly moved on to start their own game studios or to be recruited across the games andinteractive media industries, where this sector reported 171 game studios in Ontario alone as of the end of 2017, a58% increase since 20151.

For more information, visit www.levelupshowcase.com, follow @levelupTO on Twitter and

@levelup_to on Instagram for updates and join the Level Up Showcase event on Facebook.

About Level Up Showcase

 Taking place annually in Toronto, Ontario, the Level Up Showcase is the main event for industry, institutions, andstudents to network, recruit, and learn about new techniques and technologies. Canada boasts the third largest gameindustry in the world, with Ontario having the second highest number of game companies in the country.2 The LevelUp Showcase is the top destination for emerging talent in this growing industry.

The Level Up Showcase 2018 is co-hosted and organized by Algonquin College, Brock University, the University ofToronto and the Digital Futures Program at OCAD University in partnership with AMD and Ubisoft Toronto.

Level Up Showcase would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors who provide their expertise, support and equipment to help our students succeed. Thank you!

This year, ID@Xbox joins and will host an exclusive workshop with over 50 students interested in developing independent games for the Xbox platform. Level Up Showcase also welcomes Zynga who have recently expanded their downtown Toronto studio and are rapidly growing! Visit their booth to find out more.

This year’s event is made possible with generous corporate sponsorship from: AMD, Ubisoft Toronto, Uken Games, Unity, Xbox Canada and Zynga with catering provided by Nando’s.

Featured schools include: Algonquin College, Brock University, Centennial College, Fanshawe College, GeorgeBrown College, Humber College, McMaster University, Niagara College, OCAD University, Ryerson University,Sheridan College, St. Lawrence College, UOIT, University of Toronto and York University.

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University of Ontario - Game Development Society - Gamecon 2018
Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

University of Ontario - Game Development Society - Gamecon 2018

Friend of the site John Wang let me know about the University of Ontario's Game Development Society hosting their 8th annual Gamecon, which gives the public a chance to play the games coming out of the school. Check out the Facebook event for full details!

The eighth annual UOIT GameCon has arrived! Come join us for a day of displays where you can see all the work the UOIT Game Development students have put into their unique games. 

The event will be taking place in the UB and ERC atriums on April 3rd, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm.

We'll also be giving out awards to the best projects too. There will be awards for the best first, second, and third year projects, as well as the best of show award. Everyone is allowed to vote for those!

We'll also be giving out additional prizes for best gameplay, best technology and best aesthetics. These three prizes will be voted on by the professors and TAs.

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LanWarX - UoIT Lan Party
Mar
30
to Apr 1

LanWarX - UoIT Lan Party

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology Science Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

LanWarX - The bi-annual LAN party hosted at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology will be at the end of this month. It will include some cash prizes as well, you can check out full details below but make sure to also check out the FaceBook page.

LAN WAR is a bi-annual LAN Party hosted by the student society of the same name from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario. It’s the largest conglomerate gaming event in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) dedicated to offering a wide array of competitive and casual gaming, vendors, prizes, cosplayers, trivia contests, raffles, and giveaways.

With over $3000 in prizing, LanwarX hosts many games including the main events:
-League of Legends
-Smash 4
-Hearthstone
-Counter Strike: Global Offensive (Brought to you by Swarmio)
-Overwatch

You can purchase tickets at the Eventbrite, or at the door. They've also set up a discord server if that's your groove. Remember to also check out Gamecon which is also at UoIT.

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Timeplay Tournament Finals
Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

Timeplay Tournament Finals

ScotiaBank Theatre will be hosting the Timeplay Tournament Finals this month, and there are prizes just for attending! Make sure to check out the FaceBook event for the full details.

"TimePlay Tournament Finals – Prizes for everyone who attends!

Come to the TimePlay Tournament finals and play trivia and arcade games for loads of prizes to be won!

Watch as Toronto’s top TimePlayers compete for the $5,000 cash prize pool!

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