DigiBC's mission is to promote, support and accelerate the growth of British Columbia's interactive and
digital media industry to the benefit of current and future generations.
Our membership is comprised of companies from the video game / interactive, animation, visual effects, VR / MR / AR, and digital marketing sectors, along with technology enablers and service providers who work alongside our members to help grow the creative technology economy in the province. We seek to achieve our goals through
Advocacy & Policy Engagement, Growth Programs, Talent Programs, Events, and Member Benefit Initiatives.
ESAC's 2017 Video Game Industry Study
The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) was in town recently and hosted a cocktail mixer at Rogue Wet Bar to celebrate the launch of their 2017 Canadian Video Game Industry Study. The crowd, made up of a variety of people from the Vancouver gaming community, were treated to a tasty assortment of appetizers and drinks while networking and socializing ensued throughout the evening. There was also a short presentation from Jayson Hilchie, CEO of ESAC, who said a few words to address the state of the industry and touch on the results of the economic study. Following that, Jon Lutz, DigiBC Board Chair, gave an update on DigiBC's progress with its IDMTC whitepaper and proposed changes to the tax credit.
MDM Charity Poker Event 2017
The Centre for Digital Media has been hosting their annual charity poker event for 10 years now and last Wednesday (Nov 29) was yet another successful night. We'd like to thank our generous sponsors (AMPD, AnnexPro, Bandai Namco, East Side Games, EA Vancouver, Red Truck Beer, Tailored Spirits, and Telus), as well as congratulate the two finalists who battled it out in the final head to head. MDM alumni, John O'Keane, was the runner-up and DigiBC member, Aaron Mak from Spieltrieb Entertainment, took top honours. The event was put on to help support the Vancouver Food Bank and the CDM virtual food drive donation page is still up and running. They are hoping to break the $2500 mark, so there's still time to make a contribution to this great cause! Donate Here
The 2017 B.C. Export Awards
We'd like to congratulate Finger Food Studios for winning the 'Digital Media & Entertainment' and 'Exporter of the Year' categories at the 2017 B.C. Export Awards! This platform pays tribute to the success, economic impact, and innovative approaches of export companies in the province. A total of eight were recognized this year and more than 300 have been acknowledged since the show debuted in 1982.
What We Do
Our mission is to help ensure that IDM, as a cornerstone of the broader technology sector, grows and thrives in the province to the benefit of current and future generations. We are involved in ongoing discussions with the government regarding short and long-term policy development, and working with leaders in education to help shape the curriculum from kindergarten through post-secondary to help better equip BC students for fulfilling career in IDM. We are engaged with programs to help grow the number and strength of IDM programs in the province, and hold a series of networking and professional development events. Member companies and their employees can take advantage of an ever-increasing number of member benefit programs.