Level Up Showcase

Level Up Showcase Celebrates 10 Years By Returning To In-Person Show

This Wednesday [April 19th], Level Up Showcase returns for a 10th year.

Held at the Westin Harbour Castle, this year’s Level Up Showcase runs from 5 to 11 PM on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. It features more than 100 games from students in game design, animation, and computer science from almost 20 post-secondary institutions in Ontario.

The list of not-to-be-missed features includes:

  • Moon Man, created by students from OCAD U and U of T, is an enchanting VR game where you, as the Moon Man, embark on a journey to send the ocean a love letter on behalf of the Moon.
  •  Forage Friendzy, created by students at Brock University, is a cheerful cat-and-mouse game where Prey. Work together to collect food while a team of Predators aims to stop them. Prey wins if they collect enough food to fill the food bar and Predators win if they catch all the Prey.
  • Beekeeper Simulator, a downloadable game for Windows created by students from OCAD U and U of T, allows you, as part of Team Bee, to learn how to become a beekeeper in your very own garden!
  • Meep Morp Mania, created by game-development students at Algonquin College, contains a mix of RPG, exploration, platforming, and simulation elements found in farming, fishing, and managing Meep Morp helpers around the farm and shop.

This year’s showcase has been led by OCAD U Associate Professor Dr. Emma Westecott. It features participation from Algonquin College, Brock University, the University of Toronto, Sheridan College, George Brown College, Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) at U of T, Brock University, Ontario Tech University, Centennial College, Niagara College Canada, and St. Lawrence College.

Ubisoft is returning as the official partner sponsor. And this year, the event will offer experiences amplified by the XP Game Developer Summit happening in the city this week.

This year’s judging and feedback panel includes individuals from Ubisoft, Gameloft, Zynga, Uken Games, Sago Mini, Unity, and the City of Toronto.

Attendance is free, but you must RSVP.