StatsCan officially recognizes the video game industry in Canada

(TORONTO and OTTAWA, May 3, 2012) The Canadian Interactive Alliance / l’Alliance Interactive Canadienne (CIAIC) is pleased to announce that Statistics Canada has created two new industry codes — Video Game Publishing and Video Game Design and Development Services — which will provide the Government of Canada to have a better facility to create programs and policies.

Up until now, most video game developers were classified as custom software designers and website developers. The CIAIC and the Department of Canadian Heritage have been making proposals for the creation of industry codes for interactive digital media since 2005. [Read more…]

What’s making headlines

Playing action video games can improve visual attention skills: University of Toronto study (The Toronto Star)

WBIE Montreal announces its first game, Cartoon Universe (BusinessWire)

Ubisoft Toronto: Ontario’s “anchor tenant” of the video games industry? (Financial Post Magazine)