The London Economic Development Corporation announced that video game developers, publishers, industry analysts and technology companies will attend The Digital Interactive Gaming Conference (DIG) being held November 18-19, 2010 in London, Ontario, Canada.
For more information visit: www.diglondon.ca
Unedited press release follows:
Canadian Video Game Developers Converge in London for DIG 2010
LONDON, ON, Nov. 17 – November 18th and 19th: Game developers, publishers, industry analysts, and technology companies will attend the DIG 2010 (Digital Interactive Gaming) Conference. This two day conference aims to stimulate industry growth by connecting Canada’s leading video game developers, London’s gaming cluster, publishers, technology companies and talent. 400 industry insiders are expected to attend.
The global video game sales hit $37.7 billion in 2007 and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada reported that Canadian video game developers and publishers contribute $1.7 billion revenue annually to the economy. Speakers and delegates at DIG will discuss opportunities in the industry and region as well as implications of changing game habits and the emergence of new platforms. “EEDAR projects growth rates of between 5% and 8% annually for the next decade and we see London as a prime geographical area to emerge as host to a qualified game development cluster,” says Jesse Divnich, Vice President of Capital Research and Communications with Electronic Entertainment Design and Research out of San Francisco. “London is already recognized as being a major player in the game development industry because of its cluster of internationally successful firms including Digital Extremes and Big Blue Bubble,” adds Divnich.
A wide range of programming and speakers will be offered at DIG including the GameExpo where attendees can play a wide range of Canadian made international best-selling console, web, and PC games in theatre style seating on big screens, an Industry Trade-show, and Games Career Workshop for those looking to enter the industry.
DIG speakers represent iconic Canadian gaming brands and leading developers including Microsoft Canada, Electronic Arts, Silicon Knights, Slant Six Games, and Digital Extremes. “Since our inception in 1993 we have seen Canadian talent and technology establish Canada as the third largest video game producer in the world. DIG helps us raise the profile of Canadian studios and technology and connects the Canadian players,” says Mike Schmalz, CEO of Digital Extremes and DIG Speaker.
Registration for DIG 2010 is closed, but media are invited to attend. The event takes place November 18th 8am – 5pm with a keynote dinner at 7pm – 9pm, and November 19th 9am – 3:30pm at the London Convention Centre. For more information on DIG, speakers, and conference agenda visit www.diglondon.ca