Category Archives: Game Careers
Industry hopefuls will be happy to know that one of Japan’s leading publishers, NAMCO BANDAI is set to open a Vancouver game studio this June. The new studio will open with 30 staffers and will work closely with government and local colleges and universities to acquire new talent and hopefully help bolster BC’s video game industry.
More information on NAMCO BANDAI’s Vancouver branch after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Great news for aspiring game developers as developer KIXEYE is opening a studio in my hometown of Victoria, BC Canada early next year. According to a number of job postings that have popped up on Indeed, Trovit, and VIATEC, KIXEYE, the developer of social/strategy games such as Backyard Monsters, Battle Pirates, and War Commander is on the hunt for developers in the BC area for their studio opening in early 2013.
Learn more about Kixeye and their new studio in Victoria BC after the break. Read the rest of this entry
To just about every gamer on the planet, VALVe represents the gold-standard of video game companies. Every major game they’ve produced — the Half-Life, Portal, and Left 4 Dead series’ being the crown jewels — have been huge hits with audiences and critics. Their digital distribution network, Steam, is one of the few gamers seem to actually like using. They’ve built a reputation as an exceedingly outgoing corporation. Heck, VALVe’s founder/president, Gabe Newell, regularly answers fans’ e-mails.
Which is probably why — impatient though we are — the company’s fans are only happy to wait until VALVe decides Half-Life 3 meets the series’ pedigree.
So how exactly does this unorthodox company do business? Read the rest of this entry
Thinking about a career in creating videos games?
Family and friends telling you it’s a dumb idea? Fight back with facts!
The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) has just recently released its 2011 edition of Essential Facts About the Canadian Computer Game and Video Game Industry. This 20 page booklet breaks down some of the numbers behind industry growth, the number of companies operating in Canada, where these companies are located, who’s playing games, and Canada’s success with the industry. Plus it’s got that official-looking government style for added authority.
Hit the jump to find out more about the ESAC’s report. Read the rest of this entry
At PAX 2011 (yeah we talk about that event a lot here) I attended a number of ‘how to get into the industry panels’. For more on that see my article So You Want To Get Into The Game Industry.
During Q&A periods at these panels I was saddened to hear a number of fellow Canadians complain that they couldn’t get a job in the industry because “All the good studios are down in the States.”
I call shenanigans. Canada is home to dozens of major game developers and hundreds of small and indie studios.The following is a list of the major players in the Canadian gaming industry. Read the rest of this entry
So You Want To Get Into The Game Industry – Advice from indie and industry developers at PAX 2011
By Lee Guille
PAX 2011 was, as usual, an amazing event filled with geeks, gamers, developers, and a fair number of hopefuls trying to transition into a career within the industry. Some of the most popular panels from the event (excluding the mega-panels such as the Penny Arcade Q&A, Skyrim and The Old Republic demos, and Dragon Age panel) were those offering advice to get into the gaming industry.
*Please note that the following pieces of advice are summarized versions from panelists, not actual quotes. Hit the jump to continue reading the article. Read the rest of this entry