Toronto Games Week

Toronto Games Week Is Underway

Another Toronto Games Week is here!

Today marks the start of everything gaming has to offer in Ontario.

From now until the 19th, industry leaders, developers, publishers, investors, artists, and — most importantly — fans have converged on Toronto to explore the intersection of art, technology, and business within our province’s video game sector.

While the week officially starts today, festivities had a soft launch last night — when major sponsor Interactive Ontario hosted an Impact Forum to help shape the rest of the events set to happen this week.

“Our industry plays a key role in shaping Ontario’s economic and cultural landscape,” says Lucie Lalumière, president & CEO of Interactive Ontario. “With over 400 studios in the province, we’re thrilled to showcase the amazing talent of the video game community this week to Canada and the world.”

The group is kicking off events today with the IO Connect Summer Mixer to foster discussion.

Today also starts another year of events as part of the two-day XP Game Summit — which focuses more on the business-to-business side of gaming, but has also become an incubator for indie talent across the province.

“Pooling our knowledge strengthens all of us.” notes Jason Lepine, founder of XP Gaming Inc. “This year’s XP Game Summit will be one of the largest gatherings of industry knowledge in North America with almost 100 speakers. We’re leveraging that global expertise with a focus on the vital importance of IP development – in particular Canadian-owned IP – to empower industry growth.”

The week’s organizers are eager to know what the next seven days will bring to Ontario gaming. “Toronto has been a hub for creating groundbreaking games for decades, from AAA games to meditative mobile games, to perspective-changing experimental art installations, and everything in between,” says Jim Munroe and Marie Claire LeBlanc Flanagan, Co-Organizers of Toronto Games Week. ”It’s time for an event series that celebrates our most playful arts and culture.”