Game Nation 2018

It’s time once again for CIAIC’s annual gathering “Game Nation” celebrating Canada in the video game industry at GDC in San Francisco. Game Nation 2018 is the 7th annual event joining Canadian and International game professionals for the largest networking reception outside the GDC Conference.  Attendees include developers from studios all across Canada, supporting partners and governments, as well as foreign companies interested in Canada. Enjoy some poutine, a beverage, and stop by the photo booth to get a Great Canadian photo! The Canada Game Nation 7th annual edition will host over 800 attendees on March 21st at 5:00pm at Jillian’s Metreon at 175th 4th Street, right by the doorsteps of the Game Developer Conference and Game Connection America.

NOTE: This years event is a closed private eventOnly those that receive an invite could sign up for a ticket. There are no tickets at the door. Entry is subject to first come first serve, to the venue max capacity.

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CIAIC is gearing up to make this 7th edition the biggest and best yet, but we need your support!

CIAIC relies on partnerships to build on long standing tradition and to position Canada as the best place in the world to make video games, in line with our main objectives:

Key focus for this year’s event:

  • Exhibit Canada’s growing video game industry, demonstrating a great place for investment opportunities.
  • A more defined guest list to target Canadian companies and potential international partners.
  • Increased networking opportunities to meet both Canadian and International companies.
  • Continue tradition of celebrating the Canada wide video game industry bringing together studios, partners, and government

Thanks to our partners, past year’s Game Nation events have been a spectacular success growing  to over 800 attendees from across Canada and around the world. Please contact Gillian Hickman, at to become a 2018 Game Nation Canadian Reception Partner.  Please find sponsorship opportunities HERE.



Canada Game Nation 2016 reception – March 16th

It’s time once again for CIAIC’s annual gathering of Canadian and international game professionals at GDC 2016 in San Francisco. The 5th annual edition of the Canada Game Nation reception will take bring together hundreds of attendees on March 16th at 5:00 pm at Jillian’s Metreon at 175 4th Street just at the doorsteps of the Game Developer Conference and Game Connection America.

This is possible only with the help of our generous sponsors and we thank them for their continuous support.

This event is by invitation only, if you want to request an invite please send your request to:

CIAIC invites you to the Canada Game Nation 2015 Reception on March 4th at Jillian’s Metreon in SF

CIAIC put together once more the largest reception of Canadian and international game developers professionals at GDC-GCA 2015 in San Francisco on March 4th 2015 at Jillian’s Metreon. For the 4th year CIAIC is gathering all Canadian participants and partners from around the world at this annual gathering which will host over 600 peoples and 150 VIP’s. Come network and exchange with the best of the industry and take a bite and a drink on us at 5:00 pm at Jillian’s Metreon at 175th, 4th Street just at the doorsteps of the Game Developer Conference and Game Connection America.

This is possible only with the help of our generous sponsors and we thank them for their continuous support.

This event is by invitation only, if you want to request an invite please send your request to:

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Canadian Interactive Industry Profile highlights economic impact of interactive digital media

TORONTO – December 3, 2013 – The Canadian Interactive Industry Profile 2011 (CIIP), which provides an in-depth look at the interactive digital media (IDM) industry in Canada, was released today during Interactive Ontario’s X-Summit programming at nextMEDIA.

This report follows two previous editions of the Canadian Interactive Industry Profiles released in 2006 and 2008 but proposes a revised methodology that includes a more narrowed definition of the digital media industry to provide more of a focus on companies creating true “rich interactive experiences” (in terms of content creation) and those that supply services that directly enable other firms to create those experiences.

Covering all Canadian regions and comprising data collected from big, medium and small companies through a national survey, this report provides an extensive view of Canada`s IDM industry. In addition to the key economic indicators found in the first chapter, this study also includes a chapter on human resources, training and skill gaps that can currently be observed in the IDM sector. Finally, the report provides a future outlook for Canada’s IDM industry.

Interactive digital media companies in Canada appear to be poised for growth in the year or two following the report. Just over 80% of companies project at least 10% growth in revenue over the following 12-24 months and more than half (56%) project revenue growth of 25% or more over the same period. At the same time, there are a number of barriers that could hinder future growth. Core IDM companies in Canada indicated that a seeming lack of affordable capital is the most significant limiting factor for company growth in the industry, followed by the availability of management and sales expertise and the availability of skilled labour in general.

“This report confirms that interactive digital media continues to be a highly significant contributor to Canada’s economy,” said Serge Landry, CEO of the Canadian Interactive Alliance / Alliance Interactive Canadienne (CIAIC). “With over half of revenues derived from export sales, Canada is truly a global player in this sector.”

Key findings from the report:
● Canadian IDM companies employed 26,700 full-time equivalents (FTE)
● Almost 57% of revenues generated in 2011 were directly related to export sales.
● Canada`s interactive digital media industry is concentrated in Ontario, British Columbia and Québec.
● From 2008 to 2011, the total revenues generated by the industry grew by a yearly average rate of 17%
● $3.8 billion in total gross annual revenue was generated by these companies, with $2.5 billion directly attributed to IDM production
● Games products produced the largest amount of revenue for core IDM companies in Canada (about 43% of total revenues for 2011)
● Mobile devices were the most targeted platform, with 75% of companies creating core IDM products for mobile platforms

The CIIP was commissioned by the CIAIC and created by Nordicity, with funding from the Cultural Human Resources Council, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Canadian Heritage, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

“The CMF is pleased to be part of research that engages with the interactive digital media community across Canada” says Valerie Creighton, CMF President and CEO. “The report provides a guide to a larger conversation to continue the growth of the industry and the resources required to keep Canada’s position as a global leader in digital media.”

“Ontario’s interactive digital media industry is thriving and producing innovative cross-platform content that is attracting global interest, so we’re especially pleased to support research that will help to ensure the ongoing competitiveness of Ontario’s industry on the world stage,” said Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC’s President and CEO.

See the complete report here: CIIP Report 2012

Telefilm Canada and DFAIT seek Canadian game devs for GDC showcase

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Are you a Canadian video game developer attending this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC)?

Telefilm Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) are looking to select a contingent of 20 export-ready independent Canadian game devs at the annual San Francisco-based conference (March 25 – 29, 2013) this year.

GDC is the world’s largest industry-only event dedicated to the advancement of interactive entertainment. In 2012, the GDC attracted over 22,500 game industry professionals including 150 companies from Canada.

This initiative, in line with Telefilm Canada’s new strategic vision Fostering Cultural Success, will support and showcase the selected companies during the conference. It is also aimed promoting Canadian talent in the interactive digital media industry.

Additionally, the Government of Canada and its partners are supporting Canada’s leading game development industry at GDC with prestigious meeting space, matchmaking program, and a Canada networking reception, organized by the CIAIC.

For more information on the GDC showcase, click here. Registration deadline with Telefilm Canada is January 25, 2013.