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  • 23 Aug 2023 by DigiBC

    Weird Ghosts is an impact investment fund aimed at supporting underrepresented interactive/game studio founders in Canada. Their Baby Ghosts Peer Accelerator is a six-month program that offers a $25,000 grant for Canadian video game studios to develop their business and plan for a sustainable future.

    Applications for the next cohort open on September 1, and early indie game studios that are run by predominantly underrepresented founders are invited to apply. They will also be hosting an info session on September 6.
     


    PROGRAM DETAILS

    INFO SESSION REGISTRATION
     



  • 17 Aug 2023 by DigiBC

    The Diversity in Games (DIG) Creative Campfire event takes place on November 18 and will feature panel sessions, keynotes, forum discussions, and a thrilling pitching competition in the renowned PVP format. It aims to showcase the talent and experiences of those working in the B.C. games industry. ๐ŸŽฎ

    They currently have a call for speakers who have insight and knowledge to share on the following topics or anything in between. Applications are open to all levels of experience as the event will be a safe and inclusive place to support growing public speakers.

    • Stories of Success & Failure
    • Bridging the Gap: Diversity Done Right
    • Demystifying Industry Roles, Ethics & Perspectives
    • Candid Appraisals - Emergent Technologies (AI, VR)


    Speaker FYIs:

    • Keynote presentations are 20mins with a 10min Q&A
    • Panels (3 speakers + moderator) are 40mins with a 15min Q&A
    • Submission deadline: October 22
       

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

     

    EVENT TICKETS & INFO
     

  • 04 Aug 2023 by DigiBC

    Are you interested in working with Korean companies and/or publishing your games in the Korean market? Join the Canada Pavilion at G-Star 2023, Korea’s largest video game trade show and one the most important in Asia!

     

     

    Canada Pavilion at G-Star 2023

    November 16-18: Busan, South Korea
    Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO)

    In collaboration with the Alberta and BC offices in Seoul, the Trade Commissioner Service Team in Seoul will organize the Canada Pavilion, consisting of 6 booths (6m x 9m) where there will be meeting space along with demo stations to showcase your games and technology. Promote your games and get connected to publishers, distributors, developers and other key contacts in the gaming industry in Korea through business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking. This is best suited for Canadian video game studios seeking opportunities to expand in South Korea and internationally.

    NOTE: this program is open to 6-7 Canadian companies, and the TCS Seoul will select clients based on market potential and interest. 


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    About G-Star:

    G-Star is the biggest annual trade show for the video game industry presented by Korea Association of Game Industry and Busan IT Promotion Agency in November.  Last year, G-Star featured 1130 game-related companies from 43 countries and welcomed more than 2,200 B2B visitors and over 184,000 B2C visitors.
     

    The Korean Games Market: 

    South Korea is the fourth largest market globally, after the USA, China, and Japan. As of 2021, it accounted for 7.6% of the global gaming market. In 2021, Mobile gaming (57.9%) is the platform of choice and local companies actively develop and release mobile games for domestic and global audiences. PC gaming (26.8%) remains massively popular due to widespread accessibility to PC bangs (PC rooms), an abundance of games, and popularity of e-sports. Compared to other countries, the market share is low for console gaming (5%) and arcade gaming (1.3%). On the other hand, game circulation businesses, such as PC bangs and gaming arcades, have been recovering from the effects of COVD-19. Over 70% of the Korean population has played games. South Koreans gamers are big fans of MMOs and the most popular kinds of games include RPGs, shooters, and RTSs. Finally, Koreans strongly favour free-to-play mobile games. That said, Korean gamers are big spenders, with some 38% spending money on games.
     

     

     

  • 04 Aug 2023 by DigiBC

    Are you looking to expand your business in the Indian market? The Government of British Columbia has put out a call for applications from creative technology companies in BC to take part in a trade mission to IndiaJoy 2023.
     

    Trade Mission to IndiaJoy 2023

    October 29-30: Mumbai & Bengaluru
    October 31 - November 5: IndiaJoy (Hyderabad)

    This trade mission is being organized in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, and the focus will be to match businesses with partners in India’s Digital Entertainment and Interactive Media sector. It will begin with the opportunity to meet with industry in Mumbai and Bengaluru, and then go on to participate in IndiaJoy. Ideal for companies that are new to the Indian market, as well as those looking to renew interests in the following sectors:

    • VFX
    • Animation
    • Video Games
    • AR/VR
    • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    • Specialized Technology Companies


    Mission Details:

    British Columbia Trade and Invest India has four offices that are co-located at the High Commission of New Delhi and the Consulate Generals in Mumbai, Chandigarh, and Bengaluru. The team can assist BC companies with their India growth plans, and the Digital Entertainment Trade Commissioner will be available to provide on ground assistance during the event.
    The trade mission will include the following:

    • Participation in networking events
    • Canada Pavilion to spotlight participating Canadian companies
    • B2B meetings organized by the Government of BC Trade & Invest team
    • Free registration to IndiaJoy exhibition and conference
    • Speaking opportunities (subject to conference organizers discretion)
    • Site visits to key studios and companies
    • Assistance in planning other meetings across India
    • Post-mission check-ins with BC Trade & Invest to plan next steps for your business
    • Briefing session on doing business in India’s Digital Entertainment and Interactive Media sector

     

    NOTE: Participants will be responsible for flights, visas, accommodation, meals, and other local costs. Information regarding possible travel funding support will be shared once available.

     

    Trade Mission Schedule (tentative):

    October 29: Arrive in India (Mumbai / Bengaluru)
    October 30: Industry Meetings + Travel to Hyderabad
    October 31: Market Briefing | IndiaJoy
    November 1: IndiaJoy | Site Visits
    November 2: IndiaJoy
    November 3: IndiaJoy | Site Visits
    November 4: IndiaJoy
    November 5: Depart from India

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    Application Info:

    โžก๏ธApplication Deadline: September 4, 2023

    โžก๏ธTo apply, please contact:
     

    Maithili Jhaveri
    Trade Commissioner
    Government of British Columbia
    Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai
    Maithili.Jhaveri@international.gc.ca

     

     

     

     


    About IndiaJoy 2023

    IndiaJoy is Asia’s largest aggregator platform bringing together companies and events in the animation, VFX, games, comics, film, e-sports and Web3 industries. The 2023 edition will be held at the Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre in Hyderabad, Telangana. The festival offers nine events for investors, digital media companies, studios, content developers, and hardware manufacturers featuring networking opportunities, trade exhibitions, product launches, and B2B/B2C events.

    Participating Canadian companies will have the opportunity to showcase their creative technology, products, services and solutions to the industry, while also developing relationships with potential new customers and having access to market experts and decision-makers to gain deeper insights into India.
     

  • 02 Aug 2023 by DigiBC

    DigiBC is a proud partner of this event alongside Invest Vancouver, University Canada West and Surrey Board of Trade. This trade mission is designed so that executives, business owners and entrepreneurs from Mexico in the IT and creative industries can learn about the business environment that Canada offers, as well as establish relationships with Canadian counterparts and explore the possibility of business opportunities.

    โžก๏ธ To register your interest as a participant, sponsor, and/or receive further information, please email: trademission@cmxpartnerships.com
     

    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

    October 1-6, 2023
    Vancouver, BC