Local Video Game Companies – Ottawa

When you think of game development hubs in Canada, you probably think of cities like Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. The city of Ottawa is also aggressively positioning itself to be included in that list. Megan Martin works for Invest Ottawa, a regional economic development group, and she reached to help us put together a list of game developers in Ottawa. We asked Megan what factors were contributing to the growth of the game industry in Ottawa, and this is what she told us:

“The Ottawa video game industry is quickly becoming an indie scene to watch, particularly with the industry’s larger shift to mobile. With the city’s longstanding history of software expertise, companies such as Bitheads and Magmic have leveraged their software and mobile experience to become established leaders in the field. As more and more indie studios have popped up over the last few years, including Snowed In Studios, Glitchsoft, RocketOwl and Arctic Empire, there is a growing sense of innovation and collaboration pushing the scene forward. Two key developments since 2012 have been the establishment of the Ottawa International Game Conference – which grew to 500 participants in 2013 – and the newly-announced Ottawa Game Fund to finance projects. In 2013, Blackberry’s Head of Gaming relocated to Ottawa.

Quality post-secondary options  – such the Bachelor of Information Technology joint program through Carleton University and Algonquin College, and Algonquin’s Game Development program – help supply companies with emerging talent. However, local companies are now currently working on attracting key mid-career talent to further expand their capacity.”

COMPANYNOTABLE PROJECTSFOCUSSTUDIO SIZE
Arctic EmpireOffice Attack, ShowdownMobile, Contract Services1-10
BlackCherryOne Million Monkeys, First EncountersMobile, Web11-50
BreakfallMarvin's MittensWeb1-10
Fuel IndustriesSpark City World, Sideway: New YorkWeb, Downloadable51-200
GlitchSoftHe-Man, DestructopusMobile11-50
Hardline StudiosAlpha WaveMobile1-10
MagmicPhase 10, Rubik's CubeMobile11-50
Mercury ActiveMy Pet Dragon, My Pet ZombieMobile1-10
PlaybrainsMadballsConsoles, PC, Mobile11-50
RocketOwlGreenspaceMobile, Web11-50
Smoke LabsHDK, Fridge FrenzyMobile, Tools1-10
Snowed In StudiosWindforgeMobile, PC11-50
Sylien GamesHippos and Crocs, Chess MastersMobile, Web1-10

Sources:  Invest OttawaCanDevs, LinkedIn

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