Digifest 2019 is an annual three-day design and technology festival, as well as a startup showcase. This year, Digifest explores the theme Creative Growth to highlight how creativity impacts our everyday lives. The event will look into the future and see advancements in the field of mobility, education, blockchain, cannabis and culture.
You can pick up your tickets right here.
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 newsletter, Facebook 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!
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!
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
- 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!
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.
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 email@example.com
"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."
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
-Counter Strike: Global Offensive (Brought to you by Swarmio)
From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Don Nguyen speak about conventions, booth setup, and how to market your game at a convention in preparation for ConBravo. Don has been helping out ConBravo for years on top of going to other conventions marketing games like Electric Super Joy and Toronto Graffiti. Afterwards you can chat with Don, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone - student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike - who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.
You can sign up for the free event right here on Eventbrite.
Bonus Stage February 2018 will be at the Power Up Bar on February 20th, starting around 8:00pm. If you're unfamiliar with Bonus Stage, it's a networking event for gamers, and game developers - but focused on a few short 5-7 minute presentations.
"The topic for this month is:
Teach Me Something Important in 5 Minutes or Less.
This month we've also got some secret presents for our speakers, so sign up below!"
You can sign up to be a speaker here.
Bonus! Our friends at Household Games will have a arcade cabinet for Way of the Passive Fist.
"Hey friends! We're kicking off 2018 ~* so right *~ by bringing you a SUPER SPECIAL edition of Torontaru!
✨Our friends at Household Games will be showcasing their fantastic defensive fighting game 'Way of the Passive Fist' on a beautiful, hand-built, custom arcade cabinet. Woaaah!
This super special arcade experience will be at The Get Well for this ONE NIGHT ONLY, so don't miss it!
Household Games co-founders Jason Canam and Jeff Giffen will also be in attendance, so be sure to say hi to them. They are awesome and very nice, so don't be shy! : D"
The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.
Not sure which ticket to get?
- If you are a George Brown College student, we want to know! This will help our team keep track of our advertising efforts, and help us know how to better serve you!
- If you need equipment (such as tablets), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accomodate you. Computers and tablets are first come, first serve- so please reserve your equipment today!
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Interested in joining a Game Jam? Well if you'r elooking for an extra bit of prep, the Toronto Fill School is hosting a Prep Panel January 19th on their Steeles Campus in the Student Lounge. Details below, but you can email Taly at Taly.Hotimsky@torontofilmschool.ca for more information.
The Rec Room will be having a Dance Dance Revolution showdown for New Years Eve, and you save a bit of money by getting tickets early. You can check out the full details on the official FaceBook page right here.
Your first New Year's resolution? Dance Dance the night away!
Ring in the new year with The Rec Room and DJ Mensa! Light up our dance floor, show off your moves in our DDR Showdown, and countdown to the new year with amidnight toast. We've got music, games, and giveaways throughout the night! Get ready! 2018 is going to be a whole new game.
You can buy tickets (10 dollars in advance, 15 at the door) right here - see you at The Rec Room!
Interactive Ontario is hosting an event featuring Youtubers, and how Youtube can be used a potential marketing tool to help grow your business.
YouTube creators often spend hours of their own personal time dedicated to playing, analyzing, and discussing the latest interactive products and games. How much of their content choices are audience driven vs. what the creators themselves choose to play?
Are there opportunities out there for game studios to collaborate with YouTube creators to help expand each other’s community? What are the reasons that those in the interactive space should consider YT as a potential marketing tool to help grow their business?
You can check out full details on the free event right here.
Prove that your team is the fastest in the Mushroom Kingdom! Compete on the Mario Kart GP DX arcade machines in The Yard! We've got over $500 in prizing to giveaway, including a grand mystery prize courtesy of Nintendo! Come in costume in get a bonus prize!
Register your team of up to 4 by emailing us at GameReservations7002@therecroom.com or sending us a direct message with:
- your name
- your team name
- phone number
- number of people on your team (up tp 4)
Register bin advance to reserve your spot on the starting line! Check in on Nov. 21 starting at 5:30PM! The race starts at 6PM sharp!
$10 per person | Register in advance, pay at check-in
Are you a Game Developer interested in showing off your game? Or perhaps you want to see the latest and greatest games coming out of (mostly) London Ontario? Game Slice got your back.
Game Slice is a first of its kind event, that gathers local game industry professionals in order to provide a sneak preview and gather feedback for unreleased games made in the London, Ontario area... and beyond!
It's an event made exclusively for game developers, by game developers, that aims to provide constructive feedback to game makers on vertical slices, alpha, betas and release candidates, in a collaborative, exciting and fun atmosphere.
Tickets are free, so check out the main site. If you're a local developer interested in showcasing your game you can do that on the site as well. See you in November!
We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Thursday, October 26th for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speakers will be Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller part of the development team behind Purity & Decay recently covered by CBC.
From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller speak about Purity & Decay, a narrative choose your own adventure detective cybernoir. Afterwards you can chat with Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone - student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike - who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.
Straight from their FaceBook event:
Check out the latest games and games-in-progress by Toronto indies at this free event!
Massive player Humble Bundle announced at the last GDC that it's getting into publishing games, and funding lead John Polson is coming to town and wants to see what developers here have made.
The event is happening at studio-gallery-lounge gamespace Electric Perfume and will consist of one minute peeks at games, either completed or in progress, projected on the wall.
Who gets to show off their game to John and the community? YOU DO!
Submit Your Clip by Thursday Sept 28th!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5DKlhEzgD_qCfuygamXXlQnBkyJ1EXXdv04S7z9nHWbMSUA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Due to the 1 minute format we figure we can accommodate ALL games submitted. We've never done this before -- it's a unique opportunity to get your game in front of John from Humble, but also a bunch of your peers and potential collaborators.
Bonus Stage is an event put on by Eat Play Mingle that is a get together for game developers/students/etc to discuss all things game development. If you're interested in doing a talk, you can sign up as well. All details can be found on the FaceBook page.
Back To School September!
Bonus Stage returns for another night of talks, drinks and gaming.
Don't know what to talk about?? Try our **NEW** monthly topic:
What are three things you wish you'd known in your VERY FIRST MONTH of game dev/art/programming school, and why?
Sign Up To Be A Speaker Here: https://goo.gl/forms/YM8b5bNJ8dDtek602
The second annual Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo will be held June 25 and 26th at Rogers Communications Center at Ryerson University here in Toronto. You can find out all the details on the official site, and pick up your tickets over on Eventbrite here.
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.