How Toronto’s game ecosystem is on the rise | Jason Lepine interview

by | Jun 23, 2024 | Technology

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XP Gaming drew more than 700 people to its 2024 XP Game Developer Summit in Toronto, Canada, last week to hear talks about intellectual property and game development.

I went to the event and moderated a panel. It was good to listen to talks and talk about what it takes to keep game communities — like Canada’s local game ecosystem — going strong at a time of layoffs.

The event had a lot of indie game companies as well as some triple-A veterans as well. With the common topic of intellectual property in games, the speakers include Michael Schmalz, former president of Digital Extremes, maker of Warframe; Kate Edwards, CEO of Geogrify; Xalavier Nelson Jr., founder of Strange Scaffold, publisher of games such as El Paso Elsewhere and Stranger Things VR; Jason Della Rocca, founder of Execution Labs; and Daniel Posner, CEO at Finish Line Games.

I moderated a panel with Amir Satvat, director of business development of Tencent Games; Christine Kev, board member at Women in Games France; and Kim Gibson, program consultant at Interactive Digital Media Ontario Creates. We talked about Satvat’s game job resources and upholding game communities at a difficult time. Satvat recently noted that game job seekers who use his resources are 84% more likely to get a job than those who don’t. But still, 92% of those seeking jobs, over 12 months, will not find a role in games.

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GamesBeat is excited to partner with Lil Snack to have customized games just for our audience! We know as gamers ourselves, this is an exciting way to engage through play with the GamesBeat content you have already come to love. Start playing games now!

I visited Niagara Falls on my visit to Toronto.

That’s a tough stat. Still, I was impressed with the growth of Toronto’s game businesses. Jason Lepine, CEO of XP Gaming, told me that there are more than 300 game companies in Toronto, which compares favorably with a lot of cities in North America — though it is still smaller than the 500-plus companies in Montreal.

Lepine sarted out at Enthusiast Gaming, which hosted Canada’s consumer …

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GamesBeat is excited to partner with Lil Snack to have customized games just for our audience! We know as gamers ourselves, this is an exciting way to engage through play with the GamesBeat content you have already come to love. Start playing games here. 

XP Gaming drew more than 700 people to its 2024 XP Game Developer Summit in Toronto, Canada, last week to hear talks about intellectual property and game development.

I went to the event and moderated a panel. It was good to listen to talks and talk about what it takes to keep game communities — like Canada’s local game ecosystem — going strong at a time of layoffs.

The event had a lot of indie game companies as well as some triple-A veterans as well. With the common topic of intellectual property in games, the speakers include Michael Schmalz, former president of Digital Extremes, maker of Warframe; Kate Edwards, CEO of Geogrify; Xalavier Nelson Jr., founder of Strange Scaffold, publisher of games such as El Paso Elsewhere and Stranger Things VR; Jason Della Rocca, founder of Execution Labs; and Daniel Posner, CEO at Finish Line Games.

I moderated a panel with Amir Satvat, director of business development of Tencent Games; Christine Kev, board member at Women in Games France; and Kim Gibson, program consultant at Interactive Digital Media Ontario Creates. We talked about Satvat’s game job resources and upholding game communities at a difficult time. Satvat recently noted that game job seekers who use his resources are 84% more likely to get a job than those who don’t. But still, 92% of those seeking jobs, over 12 months, will not find a role in games.

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GamesBeat is excited to partner with Lil Snack to have customized games just for our audience! We know as gamers ourselves, this is an exciting way to engage through play with the GamesBeat content you have already come to love. Start playing games now!

I visited Niagara Falls on my visit to Toronto.

That’s a tough stat. Still, I was impressed with the growth of Toronto’s game businesses. Jason Lepine, CEO of XP Gaming, told me that there are more than 300 game companies in Toronto, which compares favorably with a lot of cities in North America — though it is still smaller than the 500-plus companies in Montreal.

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