LOS ANGELES, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - A slew of major Canadian-produced
video game titles are shining at this year's Electronic Entertainment
Expo (E3 Expo), highlighting the strength and vitality of Canada's
video game industry. At this year's E3 Expo, taking place in Los
Angeles from June 5 to 7, 2012, Canadian-developed blockbuster titles
such as Ubisoft Montreal's Assassin's Creed III, WB Games Montreal's
Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition for the WiiU, Electronic Arts'
FIFA Soccer 13 and United Front Games' Little Big Planet Karting are
taking centre stage. (A complete list follows.)
"Some of the most anticipated titles at E3 are produced in Canada", said
Julien Lavoie, Director of Public Relations at the Entertainment
Software Association of Canada (ESAC). "Publishers and developers in
Canada are making waves with games that will be enjoyed the world over.
With each passing year, Canada cements its international reputation as
a top location to create video games."
New ways of gaming, including innovative peripherals, new game genres
and digital business models has helped to make video games more
accessible to gamers of all ages. New research by NPD Group for ESAC
reveals that 58% of Canadians are gamers (defined as someone who has
played video games in the past four weeks), a 5% increase from 2010.
Games and gaming devices are becoming nearly ubiquitous, with a
majority of households (80%) reporting having at least one cell phone,
tablet computer or other mobile device, and about 3 in 5 (61%) owning
at least one video game console.
Gamer demographics are also reflecting some of the changes in the video
game industry. The average age of gamers remains relatively stable at
31 (the average was 33 years old in 2010) but the gender mix is
shifting with 54% of males and 46% of females reporting being gamers, a
rebalancing of the 62% to 38% mix reported in 2010.
E3 Expo is the foremost trade show of the newest trends, products and
technologies for the global entertainment software industry. Hosted by
the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the expo brings together
developers, distributers and media from around the world to experience
the future of interactive entertainment.
ESAC is the voice of the Canadian computer and video game industry that
employs approximately 16,000 people at nearly 350 companies across the
country. By contributing $1.7 billion in economic activity and
cultivating workers with a combination of creative, technological and
management skills, the video game industry is supporting Canada's
position in the changing global economy. This dynamic and growing
industry is currently the world's third largest and holds first place
on a per capita basis based on employment levels in other countries.
ESAC works on behalf of its members to ensure the legal and regulatory
environment is favourable for the long-term development of Canada's
video game industry. Association members include the nation's leading
interactive software developers and publishers including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Activision Blizzard, Microsoft Canada, Nintendo of Canada, Sony Computer Entertainment, Disney Interactive Studios, THQ, Take Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Ludia and Silicon Knights, as well as distributors Solutions 2 Go and Team One Marketing.
New made-in-Canada games from ESAC-member companies showcased at E3
Assassin's Creed® III (Ubisoft Montreal)
Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition - WiiU (WB Games Montreal / Warner
Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
Cartoon Universe (WB Games Montreal / Warner Bros. Interactive
Far Cry® 3 (Ubisoft Montreal)
FIFA Soccer 13 (Electronic Arts)
Little Big Planet Karting (United Front Games / Sony Computer
Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth (Ubisoft Quebec)
NHL 13 (Electronic Arts)
Sound Shapes (Queasy Games / Sony Computer Entertainment)
The Amazing Spider-Man Game (Beenox / Activison)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® Blacklist™ (Ubisoft Toronto)
Watchdogs (Ubisoft Montreal)
SOURCE Entertainment Software Association of Canada
For further information:
visit www.theesa.ca or contact:
Julien Lavoie, ESAC Public Relations
firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-860-1841