Announcing the first wave of GameON: Finance 2014 speakers, with keynotes from Rovio and SuperData Research
September 17, 2014
The GameON: Finance conference will welcome international games industry leaders and Ontario success stories to the stage on November 20 & 21, 2014. Now in its seventh year, GameON: Finance takes place this year at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library. 

The first wave of speakers has just been announced and represents a selection of creators, producers, executives and entrepreneurs who will offer insights into the ever-changing business of video games. 

Mikko Setala - Rovio
Mikko Setala of Angry Birds creator Rovio will offer insights gleaned from an extensive background in gaming entrepreneurship. In addition to his role as President of Rovio's North American subsidiaries, he is also an angel investor and has worked as an executive in major software companies and also as the CEO of a listed company.

Joost van Dreunen - SuperData Research
Joost van Dreunen was one of the first academics to study video games and has over fifteen years of commercial research experience in interactive entertainment and technology industries. Anticipating the shift to digital games early on, he founded SuperData in 2009. 

Panelists and Presenters

Interactive Ontario launches Mapping Ontario's Digital Economy (MODE) project
September 3, 2014

Interactive Ontario, with the financial support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, is pleased to launch Mapping Ontario's Digital Economy (MODE), a project designed to offer a comprehensive picture of Ontario's interactive digital media (IDM) industry. 

The MODE project has mapped the almost 1000 companies creating IDM content in Ontario, allowing for a visual representation of where the province's main IDM clusters occur. The top 3 cities for IDM content production are Toronto, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, with significant activity in London, Hamilton, St. Catharines/Niagara Falls. 

Companies are encouraged to take part in the project by completing enhanced data, such as company size, lines of business, job categories and more. By participating, companies will help complete a picture of the industry that will allow for more effective policy and funding solutions for this sector. IDM contributes 17,000 full-time equivalent jobs and $1.3b in revenues annually to Ontario's economy. Ontario's IDM industry encompasses a wide variety of companies in subsectors such as video games, eLearning, kids' interactive media, mobile, online content production and more. 

View the map and directory at On October 8th, Interactive Ontario will present MODE at the Interact networking mixer from 6-8pm at Bar Italia (582 College Street, Toronto). 

Game Pill pens case study of Tanked
August 25, 2014
IO member Game Pill has done a case study for Casual Connect magazine on their highly successful companion app for Animal Planet's Tanked series, which follows a family-owned aquarium manufacturing company. 

The case study outlines Game Pill's development process for the game, which hit the top 10 paid games on the App Store. Learn about the opportunities and challenges that came with the project here

Announcing GameON: Finance 2014
August 19, 2014
Now entering its seventh year, GameON: Finance returns on November 20 & 21, 2014 in Toronto. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

The conference offers panels, presentations, keynotes, 1x1 meetings and receptions that give games industry entrepreneurs and investors the chance to network and share knowledge. 

GameON: Finance provides a crash course in the ways that gaming content is currently being monetized as well as insights into trends and opportunities as business models continue to evolve.

Programming is guided by an Advisory Committee of experts from leading companies, ensuring it addresses the issues of interest to the industry.

Meet our Advisory Committee

Independent Producer Program open for November intake
August 13, 2014
The fully-funded Independent Producer Program is looking for candidates interested in starting for its popular and successful annual program. This 10 month program supported by the government gives up to the minute industry information and mentorship to EI eligible individuals who wish to start a business in content production for TV, web, gaming or any screen-based content. The first mandatory info sessions are full, but spots are available for Sept 3, 2014. The program starts in November and application process has commenced.

Full info here:

Communication Arts Interactive Competition Call for Entries
August 11, 2014
Communication Arts magazine, a professional journal for those involved in visual communications, announces its 21st annual Interactive Competition Call for Entries. The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2014.

This juried competition celebrates the best work being done for the Web, DVD, interactive kiosk and handheld devices. Student work is now being accepted for 2015.

Chosen by a jury of distinguished programmers, interface designers and creative directors, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Interactive Annual, both in print and on the iPad, and on

Submission Guidelines and FAQs can be found at: Past winners can be viewed online at:

Submit by August 22 for Canadian Screen Awards digital categories
July 28, 2014
Submissions are now open for digital media categories at the Canadian Screen Awards. If you have a project that is cross-platform or produced specifically for digital distribution, apply by the new deadline of August 22, 2014 for the chance to be nominated in one of seven digital categories. Learn more and apply at

In addition, Louis Calabro from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the organization behind the awards, will be on hand at our Interact on August 13th to answer any last minute questions you may have. 

Premier Kathleen Wynne visits Ubisoft Toronto
July 28, 2014
On July 17, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid and MPP Cristina Martins visited IO member Ubisoft Toronto. With support from the province, Ubisoft opened a Toronto production studio in 2009, followed by a state-of-the-art performance capture facility. The Premiere touted Ubisoft's valued role in Ontario's economy saying, "By partnering with businesses like Ubisoft, we are creating the right climate to attract investment, create jobs and show the global economy what Ontario can do."

Canadian Videogame Awards 2014 nominations open
July 14, 2014
The Canadian Videogame Awards will be coming to Toronto for the first time this year and honouring games from both 2013 and 2014. Award submissions for 2014 games are now open. Submit your games by August 31 for the chance to be recognized at this high-profile event.

The Digis are back - Awarding Canada's digital leaders
July 7, 2014
Canada's annual showcase of incredible people and projects making waves in the digital media industry returns this fall. From video content, to marketing and advertising, to digital technologies, the Digi Awards will honour the country's top digital leaders.

Eligible entries include projects made by Canadian companies and individuals that are released between June 1, 2013 and September 1, 2014.  Entries based on media properties beyond Canada are eligible provided the project itself is produced by a Canadian entity.  

All entries are reviewed by a panel of well-known community leaders, influencers, technology experts, and content programmers from across the country, who will determine Canada's next digital leaders. Previous nominees include major media properties such as Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, The Amazing Race, Wild Kratts, and Continuum along with projects featuring major brands such as Volkswagon, Samsung, Skittles, and Kokanee.

In addition to the awards show, nominees will receive an all-access pass to nextMEDIA 3.0, featuring a roster of programming that reflects the trends of digital technologies, marketing and measurements, digital entertainment, and more. 

This year's Digi Awards will take place on November 11, 2014 at the MaRS Discovery District where we will celebrate the very best in the digital media landscape.

 Deadline to apply is September 12, 2014.  Apply today at

Dr. Sara Diamond renewed as OCAD U President and Vice-Chancellor
June 30, 2014
On June 19, OCADU announced that Dr. Sara Diamond - a valued member of the Interactive Ontario Board of Directors - will be renewed for a third five-year term as President and Vice-Chancellor. The new term will begin on July 1, 2015. 

Dr. Diamond has facilitated the university's transition to a leader in the digital world through programs such as the Digital Futures Initiative, which integrates traditional and digital technology and teaching, as well as the Digital Media Research + Innovation Institute. 

IWCC releases report on Ontario webseries industry
June 30, 2014
The Independent Webseries Creators of Canada has issued a new report on webseries creation in Ontario. The report highlights the high volume of webseries in Ontario - many critically acclaimed and award-winning - as well as the challenges to address around the financing of webseries. Read the report here

Phantom Compass signs with ATLUS for Rollers of the Realm
June 16, 2014

IO member Phantom Compass has signed with award-winning publisher ATLUS for the release of their pinball-meets-RPG Rollers of the Realm. This exciting news means that the game will not only be released on PC, as originally planned, but will also come to the PS Vita and PS4. 

marblemedia partners with Cirque du Soleil Media
June 16, 2014
IO member and cross-platform producer marblemedia has announced a partnership with Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture between the world-renowned Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil and Bell Media. The development deal will see the two companies develop three projects including a mini-series, a one hour drama and a live-television musical event. We look forward to seeing the result of the collaboration between these unique and innovative companies. 

Google Community Grants for registered Canadian charities
June 16, 2014
Google Canada offers community grants for local organizations in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and Montreal that are making a difference. These community grants supports organizations and initiatives that focus on supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for underrepresented communities, increasing internet adoption, promoting online safety and digital literacy or greening our communities. 

The application for Google Community Grants is currently open with an application deadline of June 30th.  If you are or know of an organization that has a project underway in one of the areas listed, please go to one of our three Community Grant Program application sites: 

Google Toronto Community Grant Application
Google Waterloo Community Grant Application
Google Montreal Community Grant Application

In order to be eligible for the Google Canada Community Grant Program, an organization must be a registered Canadian charity. If you know of an organization fits these guidelines, please encourage them to submit a proposal today! 

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