Keynotes and Masterclass Mini Series

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Keynotes

Interactive Ontario’s Keynotes are a series of online events in which IO will invite leading experts to present timely video game and interactive digital media trends, ideas and strategies to industry members and stakeholders. Topics will include:

  • Publishers/Investors on what they are looking for in a pitch (February)
  • Trends in Financing studios (February)

  • Trends in Marketing video games and interactive digital media (March)

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Interested in sponsoring a Keynote? Contact partners@interactiveontario.com

Interested in participating? Contact

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Masterclass Mini Series

Masterclass Mini-Series offers in-depth training on topics of interest to the industry for two types of cohorts, early-stage and established studios. In 4-6 sessions, industry experts will conduct a “deep-dive” that will equip participants with vital information and tools to help run their studios. This series includes:

  • Pitch Training for publishers and investors (February)

  • Tax Credits for video game and interactive digital media studios (March)

  • Marketing for video games (April)

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Seats are limited and IO members will be prioritized.

Interested in partnering with IO on Masterclass Mini-Series? Contact partners@interactiveontario.com

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AMA Sessions

IO will be hosting bi-weekly discussions for early-stage and established groups on a variety of topics chosen by Advisory committees made up of IO members in their corresponding cohort.

Interested in joining one of our committees? Please email membership@interactiveontario.com

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Black Youth Action Plan

IO’s Black Youth Action Plan (BYAP) program works toward eliminating systemic, race-based disparities by increasing opportunities for black youth in Ontario’s video game and interactive digital media (IDM) sector.

This program will help raise awareness of the career opportunities available within the IDM industry and help prepare black youth for interviews through online career profiles and training modules. It will also create additional opportunities for black youth by connecting them to employers for internships and jobs during a two-day hiring fair in February.

Learn More

Are you an employer and are interested in participating in the hiring fair? Email hiringfair@interactiveontario.com

Interested in partnering with IO on the BYAP program? Contact partners@interactiveontario.com

B2B Opportunities

IO will continue to organize missions and B2B meetings in 2022.

To start, IO is planning an in-person mission to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March 2022 (pending evolving COVID restrictions), organized in collaboration with the Canadian Interactive Alliance/l’Alliance Interactive Canadienne.

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Research

In early 2022, IO will release a research study on the public and private financing of video game studios and projects in jurisdictions worldwide.

IO will also conduct a research study in early 2022 on the mechanisms that jurisdictions worldwide use to help video game and interactive digital media studios scale up and prosper.

Interested in working with IO on research projects? Contact research@interactiveontario.com

The Lodgge

The Lodgge

Ontario’s Home for Video Games and Interactive Entertainment

More great content celebrating our industry in Ontario is coming to The Lodgge in 2022. These include our upcoming Twitch streams, new deep-dive podcasts with industry leaders, and even more in-depth content.

Do you have news, games and jobs you’d like us to feature on The Lodgge? Email thelodgge@interactiveontario.com

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