Leaders from gaming companies, universities meeting to discuss future of B.C.’s hottest industry

Leaders from gaming companies, universities meeting to discuss future of B.C.’s hottest industry

 May 13, 2009 – Vancouver, B.C. – A meeting of high-tech minds is taking place tomorrow in downtown Vancouver. Representatives from Electronic Arts, Radical Entertainment, Bardel Entertainment, Deep Fried Entertainment,  Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia and the provincial and federal governments will discuss news ways to propel B.C.’s gaming industry forward in these tough economic times.

The Interactive Gaming Forum is organized by MITACS, a national research network which brings together highly-skilled academic researchers with companies, government and not-for-profit organizations with a goal to develop cutting-edge solutions to social and economic challenges.

“Retaining talent, training the up-and-coming game developers and effective ways for gaming companies, universities and government to work together are critical issues in the long-term viability of B.C.’s interactive industry,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, Scientific Director of MITACS. “Through this MITACS forum, we will develop a plan which outlines the research and training requirements which would help to propel the interactive gaming sector towards the development of novel original ideas for long-term growth and sustainability in this province.“

“B.C’s success with the gaming industry has prompted other cities to develop similar digital media hubs by introducing aggressive tax credits for corporations and government subsidies for academic institutions,” said Dr. David Fracchia, Vice President, Technology for Radical Entertainment. “During these difficult economic times, the local gaming industry must look for ways to work more effectively with the local university-base expertise in order to stay one step ahead of the pack.”


MITACS is a federally-funded research network with offices across Canada, including at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.  It brings together academia, industry and the public sector through research and training initiatives to develop cutting edge tools vital to the knowledge-based economy. In 2003, MITACS piloted a first-of-its-kind internship program, MITACS ACCELERATE, which connects Canadian graduate students and their professors with companies to facilitate knowledge transfer and introduce the private sector to the research expertise within Canada’s universities. For more information about the MITACS ACCELERATE program visit www.mitacsaccelerate.ca. For more information about MITACS, visit www.mitacs.ca.



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