The Rec Room - Mario Kart Tournament
Nov
21
6:00 PM18:00

The Rec Room - Mario Kart Tournament

Our friends at The Rec Room will be hosting a Mario Kart Tournament, and there is still time to sign up. Check out the FaceBook group for all the details.

Prove that your team is the fastest in the Mushroom Kingdom! Compete on the Mario Kart GP DX arcade machines in The Yard! We've got over $500 in prizing to giveaway, including a grand mystery prize courtesy of Nintendo! Come in costume in get a bonus prize!

Register your team of up to 4 by emailing us at GameReservations7002@therecroom.com or sending us a direct message with:
- your name
- your team name
- phone number
- email
- number of people on your team (up tp 4)

Register bin advance to reserve your spot on the starting line! Check in on Nov. 21 starting at 5:30PM! The race starts at 6PM sharp!

$10 per person | Register in advance, pay at check-in

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Interactive Ontario - Create, Collaborate, and Listen
Nov
23
6:00 PM18:00

Interactive Ontario - Create, Collaborate, and Listen

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.

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2017 SIM Expo
Nov
30
to Dec 1

2017 SIM Expo

  • The International Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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EGLX 2018
Mar
9
to Mar 11

EGLX 2018

EGLX is back! Details are a little thing, and I'll update this as we get closer, but for now you can sign up for updates on the events website and check out the video below.

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Tech Event: Toronto Digifest 2018
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Tech Event: Toronto Digifest 2018

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."

There is also a pitch competition going on, where start ups can get $50000 in funding, as well as a separate Student showcase.

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VRTO - Virtual and Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo 2018
Jun
15
to Jun 18

VRTO - Virtual and Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo 2018

  • Rogers Communications Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'll try to update this as we get closer to the event (November 11th on the day of writing), but VRTO will be happening next summer, and you can check out all the details on the official site.

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.
— https://conference.virtualreality.to/
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Game Slice - London Ontario GameDev Event
Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

Game Slice - London Ontario GameDev Event

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!

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GameDev Drinks - October - Purity & Decay
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

GameDev Drinks - October - Purity & Decay

GameDev Drinks is back! And this month will feature Meagan Byrne and Tara Miller talking about Purity & Decay. Check out the link for the full details on the free event.

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.

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HumbleBrag: Show Off Your Game to Humble Bundle!
Sep
30
9:00 PM21:00

HumbleBrag: Show Off Your Game to Humble Bundle!

Straight from their FaceBook event:

Check out the latest games and games-in-progress by Toronto indies at this free event!

Massive player Humble Bundle announced at the last GDC that it's getting into publishing games, and funding lead John Polson is coming to town and wants to see what developers here have made.

The event is happening at studio-gallery-lounge gamespace Electric Perfume and will consist of one minute peeks at games, either completed or in progress, projected on the wall. 

Who gets to show off their game to John and the community? YOU DO!

Submit Your Clip by Thursday Sept 28th!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5DKlhEzgD_qCfuygamXXlQnBkyJ1EXXdv04S7z9nHWbMSUA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Due to the 1 minute format we figure we can accommodate ALL games submitted. We've never done this before -- it's a unique opportunity to get your game in front of John from Humble, but also a bunch of your peers and potential collaborators.

humble bundle
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Bonus Stage: September
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Bonus Stage: September

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

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Fan Expo Canada
Aug
31
to Sep 3

Fan Expo Canada

  • Metro Toronto Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Toronto's biggest tech and geek event, Fan Expo will be August 31st to September 3rd this year, at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. You can check out all the details on the guest list here.

FAN EXPO CANADA™ is the largest Comics, Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the 3rd largest Pop Culture event in North America.

Celebrating its 22nd year, FAN EXPO CANADA™ has grown from a small comic book convention attracting 1,500 fans into a multi-faceted, 4-day citywide event that attracts over 129,000 people from around the world. The event provides a substantial multi-million dollar economic impact to the City of Toronto, filling up hotels and restaurants throughout the duration of the Expo.

Every year FAN EXPO CANADA™ offers exciting family-friendly attractions, events, and world renowned celebrities! Previous guests include: Stan Lee, Patrick Stewart, Buzz Aldrin,William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Elijah Wood, Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Gillian Anderson, and stars from hit television shows: The Walking Dead, Star Trek, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Teen Wolf, Doctor Who, Gotham, Criminal Minds, Castle and many, many more.

Everyone is a fan of something, and FAN EXPO CANADA™ is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favourite guest and get the inside scoop about your favourite movies & TV shows at our celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favourite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with over 400,000 square feet of shopping madness.

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8th Bit Bazaar - CNE - August 25th - 27th
Aug
25
to Aug 27

8th Bit Bazaar - CNE - August 25th - 27th

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!

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GameDev Drinks - Creative Bytes Studios
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

GameDev Drinks - Creative Bytes Studios

The monthly GameDev Drinks is happening August 23rd this month - and will feature Creative Bytes Studios. They recently released Embers of Mirrim and will talk about releasing the game on three systems. It's a free event, and can check out everything on Eventbrite.

Hey GDDers,
We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, August 23 for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speakers will be Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson of Creative Bytes the studio behind Embers of Mirrim.
From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson speak about the trials and tribulations of simultaneously launching Embers of Mirrim on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. Afterwards you can chat with Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson, 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.
We look forward to seeing you on the 23th!
Regards,
— https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/game-dev-drinks-creative-bytes-studios-tickets-36982518709
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Manimal Sanctuary Launch
Aug
19
to Aug 20

Manimal Sanctuary Launch

Friend of the site Brett King let me know about the Manimal Sanctuary Launch - and interesting VR game taking place on Toronto Island, but in a post-apocalyptic world. They'll be having a release party at the Camp Wavelength Music Festival on August 19th, and 20th.

On August 19th and 20th at Camp Wavelength Music Festival, Postopian Games will be revealing Manimal Sanctuary, a unique new VR game that brings Toronto Island to life – dystopian-style.

Manimal Sanctuary is a lurking simulator. It leverages low-end VR to transport the player into a world in which gibbering monstrosities have fallen from the sky and laid waste to Toronto’s mainland. For now, the inhabitants of Toronto Island live in relative safety thanks to the waters that separate them from the enemy. Yet, unbeknownst to them, a creature resides beneath these waters: part coral reef, part Cthulhu, it thrives by consuming the residents’ emotional energy. You are this creature, eavesdropping on the conversations of Toronto Island’s inhabitants. By collecting the emotions they elicit through revelations of their petty dramas and devastating secrets, you may survive to see another season, all the while unfolding the mystery that shrouds the island and its citizens. 

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PTBO GameJam #3
Aug
4
to Aug 6

PTBO GameJam #3

  • Kawartha Trades & Technology Centre Fleming College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Registration for the the third Peterborough Game Jam is on right now. You can head to the official site to check out all the details on it - or head over the Eventbrite to register for the event.

Below are the results of PTBO Jam #2

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Project Play - London, Ontario
Jul
31
8:30 PM20:30

Project Play - London, Ontario

Project Play is an award-winning organization. Full of interactive gaming and family friendly fun, Project Play is Southwestern Ontario’s biggest hands-on gaming event. Proceeds go to sharing the fun through donations of board and video games to local community organizations. In its fifth year, the event has helped 15 organizations and raised over $25,000.
— https://www.facebook.com/pg/ProjectPlayLondon/about/?ref=page_internal

They are also looking for more developers, so check it out. It's a one day event and can get tickets here.

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Twitch Community Meetup - Summer Edition
Jul
29
to Jul 30

Twitch Community Meetup - Summer Edition

Did you know there is a meet up for Twitch streamers? You can check out all the details for the meet up right here. Or hit up the Organizer MDee14 on Twitter.  RSVP'ing is free, and there will be raffle tickets going towards Extra Life Toronto.

More details to come.