Do you have an interest in gaming? Join us for the triOS Gaming Arcade event!
View and play games being produced by triOS students and graduates. Chat with studio owners and instructors in the gaming industry. Learn how to break into the video game development and art industries.
Date: November 1, 2018
Location: triOS College Toronto Campus
Interested? When you attend this event, you'll also receive a $500 bursary toward the Video Game Design and Development or Video Game Design Technologies diploma program at triOS!
- 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!
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."
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Have a team?
We want to seat you with your team! Let us know your team members at IGDA.email@example.com
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.
Can check out the full details here - and the blurb below:
SIM-one’s Healthcare Simulation Exposition is the largest interprofessional and multidisciplinary simulation conference in Canada. Each year, the SIM Expo brings together healthcare leaders in university, college and hospital sectors, comprised of administrators, educators, clinicians, SIM centre managers and directors, and researchers from all health professions across Canada and beyond. The SIM Expo prides in its strong culture of networking, building relationships, and uniting the simulation community. The annual conference allows participants to connect directly with peers, experts and future collaborators in healthcare simulation.
This year's theme is SIMULATION & GAMIFICATION, with a focus on applying gaming principles to improve simulation, as well as virtual patients and e-simulations to enhance learning.
The conference takes place in The International Centre, centrally located and easily accessible near Toronto Pearson International Airport.
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.
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.
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
This years CNE will actually have some gaming events going on, including the 8th Bit Bazaar. Bit Bazaar brings locally developed games to showcase, amongst other things. At this time, applications are open, but we'll have to wait a bit to find out more!
A videogame arts & crafts market + zine fair
Play minty-fresh games! Buy one-of-a-kind, limited-edition and handmade/DIY items—pins, zines, boxed games, card decks, art prints, posters, comics, t-shirts, game soundtracks on vinyl, mixtapes, papercraft and toys—direct from 50+ independent game makers!
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.
Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events
20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8
According to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, there are 472 active video game studios in Canada, and the industry contributes $3 billion to Canada’s GDP annually. Ensure you are up to speed on the key legal issues for clients in this growing industry, as you “power-up” on your video game law knowledge at this unique program.
This meeting will also serve as the Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law Section's, and the Entertainment, Media & Communications Law Section's, Annual General Meeting.
lick here for registration details.
On May 30th in Kitchener there will be a Game Demo night, which you can check out all the details here.
"On May 30 we're having a Game Demo Night at THEMUSEUM in their Underground Studio MakerSpace! This will be a really fun evening, where you can demo your game, hangout with devs, play locally developed games and provide some feedback. "
Dan Currie over email let me know some of the gamedevs that will be there: "I've already lined up 8 devs (including myself) to show their games. To name a few, Owen Goss is showing Future Grind, Rich Bettridge is showing ManaStorm VR, John Rockefeller is showing Potioneer."
Dames Making Games here in Toronto will be having their May VR Social May 2nd. You can check out all the details here.
Our monthly VR meetup for dames ‘n’ friends working on weird and wild works in virtual and augmented reality.
Try out games and experiences on the HTC Vive, Samsung Gear, Oculus and Google Cardboard, chat with dames working on new ways of storytelling in virtual reality, learn about production pipeline hurdles and unique challenges and opportunities for media artists looking for new forms and platforms for their work.
Kick off May with special guest speaker Bernie Roehl as he presents “Social VR and Virtual Theatre” to DMG! Bernie is a Senior Software Developer for VR and also has a background in theater. His presentation will give great advice on implementing theater principles to aid in creating immersive social VR experiences!
Digifest 2017 is a three-day conference located on Toronto’s waterfront (Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive) that focuses on the future of education, creativity, entrepreneurship, gaming, and technology; organized by George Brown College. We connect the creative community with the most innovative technologies, ideas, and initiatives focused on learning, leadership, and positive social change.
Join us for presentations from speakers, skill-building workshops, the IT’S A START Pitch Competition, Research & Business Student Showcase, our annual Interactive Zone, the Digital Pioneer Award, as well as incredible opportunities to meet with peers from across the country. This year’s edition of Digifest will highlight stories of innovators using unique technologies to address global problems under the theme of Work, Learn, and Play.
Our friends over at Niagara College will be hosting a Development Launch, which will be showcasing the games created from students in the Niagara College/Brock Game Programming/Design programs. Full details on the free event can be found on Eventbrite.
On April 5th 2017, the Design Exchange (234 Bay St) in Toronto will open up its doors and welcome over 2000 attendees to the 7th Annual Level Up Showcase!
Level Up Showcase is the first event of its kind in Canada that showcases the most talented students in game design, animation and computer science programs from colleges and universities across Ontario. This event has become synonymous with new creative talent, and provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance for students to show off their creations to the world.
Previous years have featured record-breaking counts of team projects across various academic institutions. This showcase exhibits outstanding work in game design, animation and computer graphics. Attendees can expect games that use the most current technology and gaming platforms, from motion sensors to VR devices, and more.