GameX 2.0 is the one day gaming event in Mississauga's Hersey's Center that will feature local games, tournaments, and a Bazaar. Admission is only $5 bucks, so check out the website, or FaceBook page for all the details, and see you June 24th.
GameX is an interactive video game event combining a video game bazaar of over 70 vendors alongside gaming tournaments and the opportunity to meet some terrific gaming personalities. This is a family-friendly event and there will be something to enjoy for gamers of all ages. Admission will be $5 per person and children aged 12 and under are free!
If you're a developer, and interested in showing your games you can contact them here.
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."
Microsoft Yorkdale will be having a Women's Gaming Social later this month. The event will have speakers, games, snacks and drinks. You can check out the details and register right here.
Participate in Microsoft at Yorkdale's first ever, Women's Gaming Social! Our goal is to empower women who play video games, discuss the importance of community involvement and how popular streamers, competitive players and social media experts have taken their gaming to the next level. Join us for a night of discussion, icebreakers and team building activities that will make this night a memorable one!
We will be raffling off prizes and serving free refreshments during the event.
If you have any questions, please contact Savie at firstname.lastname@example.org
"We are thrilled to have Jean and Blair Leggett of One More Story Games speaking at our April meeting. They were a huge hit at Bouchercon 2017, especially with their Lily Bard game based on the Charlaine Harris books (and developed in collaboration with the author). They will be talking about interactive story telling (as well as being a sponsor!). With the variety of technical options to communicate with readers and tell story, this is a timely and relevant topic for both the creators of content and their consumers."
There will be a Call of Duty: WW2 and Fifa 18 Humber at Humber College North Campus, there is a cost to enter and all questions can be emails to: email@example.com
You can check out all the details on the Evenbrite page.
Featuring Call of Duty WW2 and FIFA18 on PS4
Spectators pay $10 at the door and recieve a free bag of popcorn
Call of Duty WW2
Teams of 4
Teams of 2
Sponsered by We Got Game!
It's that time of year again for the annual student game showcase, Level Up. Sheridan College cleaned up last year, so let's see if they have similar success this year. The event is free for attendees, and usually a pretty good time. You can check out the featured video, and press release below.
Play the Best Student-Made Games in Ontario at the 8th Annual Level Up Showcase!
Come to The Design Exchange (234 Bay St.) in Toronto on April 4 2018 for the FREE, open- to-the public event.
Toronto, Ontario – March 23rd, 2018 – Experience the Level Up Showcase in Toronto, and play the mostinnovative student-made games in Ontario:
● Where: The Design Exchange (234 Bay St.)
● Date: Wednesday, April 4th
● Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
o Media provided with early access to the event starting at 4:00 p.m.
The 8th annual free public event puts the spotlight on Ontario’s most talented post-secondary students in gamedevelopment who use the latest technology and platforms to make video games - including Virtual Reality (VR),Augmented Reality (AR), motion sensing, and more.
Level Up Showcase By The Numbers
· Participants include more than 15 colleges, universities and post-secondary institutions across Ontario thatteach interactive media development
· With over 75 games, it is the biggest not-for-profit event for players, developers, and recruiters, to get theinside scoop on the future leaders of the game industry.
· Last year’s Level Up Showcase welcomed over 2000 attendees.
Showcasing the Future of the Ontario Video Game Industry
Event alumni have regularly moved on to start their own game studios or to be recruited across the games andinteractive media industries, where this sector reported 171 game studios in Ontario alone as of the end of 2017, a58% increase since 20151.
For more information, visit www.levelupshowcase.com, follow @levelupTO on Twitter and
@levelup_to on Instagram for updates and join the Level Up Showcase event on Facebook.
About Level Up Showcase
Taking place annually in Toronto, Ontario, the Level Up Showcase is the main event for industry, institutions, andstudents to network, recruit, and learn about new techniques and technologies. Canada boasts the third largest gameindustry in the world, with Ontario having the second highest number of game companies in the country.2 The LevelUp Showcase is the top destination for emerging talent in this growing industry.
The Level Up Showcase 2018 is co-hosted and organized by Algonquin College, Brock University, the University ofToronto and the Digital Futures Program at OCAD University in partnership with AMD and Ubisoft Toronto.
Level Up Showcase would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors who provide their expertise, support and equipment to help our students succeed. Thank you!
This year, ID@Xbox joins and will host an exclusive workshop with over 50 students interested in developing independent games for the Xbox platform. Level Up Showcase also welcomes Zynga who have recently expanded their downtown Toronto studio and are rapidly growing! Visit their booth to find out more.
This year’s event is made possible with generous corporate sponsorship from: AMD, Ubisoft Toronto, Uken Games, Unity, Xbox Canada and Zynga with catering provided by Nando’s.
Featured schools include: Algonquin College, Brock University, Centennial College, Fanshawe College, GeorgeBrown College, Humber College, McMaster University, Niagara College, OCAD University, Ryerson University,Sheridan College, St. Lawrence College, UOIT, University of Toronto and York University.
Friend of the site John Wang let me know about the University of Ontario's Game Development Society hosting their 8th annual Gamecon, which gives the public a chance to play the games coming out of the school. Check out the Facebook event for full details!
The eighth annual UOIT GameCon has arrived! Come join us for a day of displays where you can see all the work the UOIT Game Development students have put into their unique games.
The event will be taking place in the UB and ERC atriums on April 3rd, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm.
We'll also be giving out awards to the best projects too. There will be awards for the best first, second, and third year projects, as well as the best of show award. Everyone is allowed to vote for those!
We'll also be giving out additional prizes for best gameplay, best technology and best aesthetics. These three prizes will be voted on by the professors and TAs.
LanWarX - The bi-annual LAN party hosted at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology will be at the end of this month. It will include some cash prizes as well, you can check out full details below but make sure to also check out the FaceBook page.
LAN WAR is a bi-annual LAN Party hosted by the student society of the same name from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario. It’s the largest conglomerate gaming event in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) dedicated to offering a wide array of competitive and casual gaming, vendors, prizes, cosplayers, trivia contests, raffles, and giveaways.
With over $3000 in prizing, LanwarX hosts many games including the main events:
-League of Legends
-Counter Strike: Global Offensive (Brought to you by Swarmio)
ScotiaBank Theatre will be hosting the Timeplay Tournament Finals this month, and there are prizes just for attending! Make sure to check out the FaceBook event for the full details.
"TimePlay Tournament Finals – Prizes for everyone who attends!
Come to the TimePlay Tournament finals and play trivia and arcade games for loads of prizes to be won!
Watch as Toronto’s top TimePlayers compete for the $5,000 cash prize pool!
From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Don Nguyen speak about conventions, booth setup, and how to market your game at a convention in preparation for ConBravo. Don has been helping out ConBravo for years on top of going to other conventions marketing games like Electric Super Joy and Toronto Graffiti. Afterwards you can chat with Don, 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.
You can sign up for the free event right here on Eventbrite.
Bonus Stage February 2018 will be at the Power Up Bar on February 20th, starting around 8:00pm. If you're unfamiliar with Bonus Stage, it's a networking event for gamers, and game developers - but focused on a few short 5-7 minute presentations.
"The topic for this month is:
Teach Me Something Important in 5 Minutes or Less.
This month we've also got some secret presents for our speakers, so sign up below!"
You can sign up to be a speaker here.
Bonus! Our friends at Household Games will have a arcade cabinet for Way of the Passive Fist.
"Hey friends! We're kicking off 2018 ~* so right *~ by bringing you a SUPER SPECIAL edition of Torontaru!
✨Our friends at Household Games will be showcasing their fantastic defensive fighting game 'Way of the Passive Fist' on a beautiful, hand-built, custom arcade cabinet. Woaaah!
This super special arcade experience will be at The Get Well for this ONE NIGHT ONLY, so don't miss it!
Household Games co-founders Jason Canam and Jeff Giffen will also be in attendance, so be sure to say hi to them. They are awesome and very nice, so don't be shy! : D"
The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.
Not sure which ticket to get?
- If you are a George Brown College student, we want to know! This will help our team keep track of our advertising efforts, and help us know how to better serve you!
- If you need equipment (such as tablets), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accomodate you. Computers and tablets are first come, first serve- so please reserve your equipment today!
Have a team?
We want to seat you with your team! Let us know your team members at IGDA.email@example.com
Sheridan College is having their own Global Game Jam, which you sign up for right here (there is 100 spots total), and check below for some details. You can follow signs to the Learning Common’s of the Trafalgar campus.
"The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. This year, Sheridan College will be hosting a jam site of their own and strongly encourages game developers on the western side of GTA to join the event!
Meals will be provided Saturday and Sunday for registered participants. There will also be a random draw at the end with sponsored prizes from Unity and Ubisoft. Bring your own equipment and we look forward to seeing you there."
Interested in joining a Game Jam? Well if you'r elooking for an extra bit of prep, the Toronto Fill School is hosting a Prep Panel January 19th on their Steeles Campus in the Student Lounge. Details below, but you can email Taly at Taly.Hotimsky@torontofilmschool.ca for more information.
The Rec Room will be having a Dance Dance Revolution showdown for New Years Eve, and you save a bit of money by getting tickets early. You can check out the full details on the official FaceBook page right here.
Your first New Year's resolution? Dance Dance the night away!
Ring in the new year with The Rec Room and DJ Mensa! Light up our dance floor, show off your moves in our DDR Showdown, and countdown to the new year with amidnight toast. We've got music, games, and giveaways throughout the night! Get ready! 2018 is going to be a whole new game.
You can buy tickets (10 dollars in advance, 15 at the door) right here - see you at The Rec Room!
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.
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.
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
- 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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.