Video gaming in Canada

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Canada has the third largest video game industry in terms of employment numbers right behind the USA and Japan,[1] with 16,000 employees, 348 companies, and a direct annual economic impact of nearly $2 billion.[2]


Canada has grown from a minor role in the video games industry to a major industry leader.[3][4] The first video games developed in Canada to gain wide commercial success have been attributed to Evolution and BC's Quest for Tires, both released in 1983.[5][6] Chris Gray and Peter Liepa, from Toronto and Ottawa respectively, together created Boulder Dash in 1984.[7]


There are many post secondary institutions throughout Canada that offer courses in areas such as computer programming and graphic design. Employees who are part of the video game industry in Canada make roughly $72,500.[2]

Major studios[edit]

Canada is home to some of the biggest studios in the industry with Edmonton’s BioWare and Prince Edward Island’s Other Ocean Interactive.[8]

Also EA Canada, located in Burnaby, British Columbia, is a major contributor with franchises such as FIFA and Need for Speed which are highly popular with gamers around the world. Rockstar Vancouver is another sizeable contributor to the Vancouver gaming scene. With all these Canadian companies Montreal's Ubisoft is getting lots of attention worldwide and attracting many involved in the video game industry to move to Montreal.

As of now the entertainment software industry is booming both in the Western and Eastern coasts and shows no signs of slowing down. This is all credited to the many institutions providing the required knowledge of how to work in the field, to the many strong studios developing games and not to mention to events such as the Canadian Videogame Awards [9] that honour contributions made to the industry and also help advertise the market.


The average age of a "gamer" in Canada is roughly 35.8.[10] and the most popular consoles that video games are being played on in no particular order are Sony's PlayStation 3, Microsoft's Xbox 360, Nintendo's Wii and Personal Computers. It is thought that roughly 48% of all households have one type of console previously mentioned [10] the most popular though being the Personal Computer.

There are many internet cafes throughout Canada that let users get internet access for a small charge where they can play games with friends or just use their internet. With that in mind it is also well to note that online gaming has drastically risen in the past few year because of multiplayer games such as Call of Duty, Halo and many sports games that let players challenge people from around the world. With all this happening in the Canadian video gaming world it is no surprise that the expected increase in the Canadian industry growth will be 17% by 2013.[2]

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  1. ^ "Canada boasts the third-largest video game industry". 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Canada's Video Game Industry in 2011". Tech Vibes. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "The evolution of video games in Canada". CBC News. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Canadian-made games and the question of outsourcing". CBC News. 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  5. ^ Peter Nowak (2010-09-13). "The evolution of video games in Canada". CBC News. 
  6. ^ Paul Jay (2008-10-17). "Canadian traditions: Hockey, double doubles ... and video games?". CBC News. 
  7. ^ Peter Nowak (2010-09-13). "The evolution of video games in Canada, part 2". CBC News. 
  8. ^ "Canada’s gaming industry is kicking butt". Financial Post. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Canadian Videogame awards". Canadian Video Game Awards. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Profile of a Canadian gamer". CBC News. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 10 November 2011.