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)

Pancake Mountain creators added as keynote speakers for INplay 2012

JR Soldano and Scott Stuckey, Executive Producers of Pancake Mountain, along with host/puppet/Chief Mayhem Officer/Chancellor of Entertainment Rufus Leaking, have been added to the INplay 2012 lineup as keynote speakers.

The Washington Post called Pancake Mountain “A thoroughly offbeat kids’ show that might be even more fun for adults.” During its eight year run, the show featured an impressive list of almost 150 musical acts that included Ian MacKaye, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Andrew W.K., Deerhoof, The Flaming Lips, The White Stripes, Metric, Katy Perry, Henry Rollins, Bright Eyes, Tegan And Sara, M.I.A., Shonen Knife and Eddie Vedder. [Read more…]