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Submitted by KrisButtar 987d ago | news

Canada's video-game industry ranks No. 3 worldwide

In a report from last year, Essential Facts 2012, the Entertainment Software Association of Canada provided a snapshot of the computer and video-game market, with profiles of gamers in various age groups, a list of the top-selling titles of the year (for the 12 months ending August, 2012), and breakdowns of the industry's size and structure. Below are some of the key findings from the report, which collected data from 2,969 adults, 527 teens and 687 kids from April 13 to April 30, 2012. The margin of error is plus or minus 1.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20 (Industry, Mobile, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

KrisButtar  +   987d ago
I didn't know Canada ranked so high
Kran  +   987d ago
No tax.

Of course it's high. At least I heard there was no tax there.

Though that's not one of the points in this though.
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Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   987d ago
We have taxes.

Well, we had PST and GST but now we just have HST which is 13% of the cost.
blitz0623  +   987d ago
No tax? Are you kidding? We have one of the highest tax rates here at 13%
HyperBear  +   987d ago
Yeah I don't know how or where you heard Canada has no taxes?? I mean Alberta is the only province that has a single digit tax rate (at 5% GST) because they don't have a provincial tax.

Here in British Columbia, we have 12% BST, although starting in April/May we are going back to PST/GST and it's still at 12%...Nova Scotia's is at 15% :O
Pandamobile  +   987d ago
The provincial and federal governments offer tax breaks and grants for companies creating digital media.
Conzul  +   987d ago
Of course it's ranked that high. There's nothing else to do up there.

Except maybe go to film festivals and cow tipping.
Cupid_Viper_3  +   987d ago
That was a very ignorant comment sir...

I'm originally from the States, South Florida to precise. And when I'm Vancouver,or Toronto, I'm hard pressed to find differences between the 2 contries. Though Canadians are a bit more friendly from my personal experience.
brish  +   987d ago
Conzul there are tons of things to do here in Canada.

I think the reason games sell so well in Canada is we have a long winter season so for a large part of the year we focus on indoor activities.
Conzul  +   987d ago
They put GRAVY on my fries. That was unforgivable.
Chevalier  +   987d ago
We are the neighbours to huge gamers in the U.S. and just look how many recent franchises are made in Canada:

Recent Halo 4
Assassins Creed (all of them)
Splinter Cell 5 (conviction) and 6 (black list)
Rainbow Six
Prince of Persia
Recent Halo game
Dragon Age
Mass Effect
LBP cart racing
Deus Ex Machina
Company of Heroes
Dead Rising
Far Cry 3
Max Payne 3
Need for Speed

New AAA game from Black Tusk studios for Microsoft being developed. Lot's of good development studios in Canada.
Pandamobile  +   987d ago
Where are you getting the Halo bits from? Both of those were produced in Washington.
Conzul  +   986d ago
I'm more worried about what he means by "huge gamers" in the US :P
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GribbleGrunger  +   987d ago
Although this is a little old, it does show some surprising statistics. Nearly as many females play games in Canada and 50% of Canadians are gamers!
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mochachino  +   987d ago
I'm Canadian and I wish they showed what percentage play PS3 vs 360. I don't know anyone who has a 360 anymore (everyone started with 360 then switched after it broke or just for the free online). Ever person I've talked to and all my friends think paying for online is plain stupid.

I only recently agreed with them (Dec 2012).
HammadTheBeast  +   987d ago
Exact thing happened with me, everyone started 360, as soon as it broke they switched to PS3 in time for the $300 price.
00  +   987d ago
Canadian PC master race
this is pretty interesting.
deep_fried_bum_cake  +   987d ago
You realise that the majority of that number will be facebook and flash gamers, don't you?
00  +   987d ago
my comment was in jest.
maniacmayhem  +   987d ago
Anyone see their top ten titles? No surprise that a CoD title is up there but MW3? No Black Ops love?

So if Canada is 3rd who is 1st and 2nd?
KrisButtar  +   987d ago
"In fact, only Japan and the United States can boast larger video game industries."


Edit: also the top ten is from last year, along with all the stats. Skyrim is #2,

@above about the taxes, we as gamers have taxes of course but game companies do get tax breaks.

"Canada is among the world's top video game developers, with creative talent and government tax breaks attracting both global and independent studios whose products appeal not only to hard core players but the growing ranks of casual gamers."


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blackbirdi  +   987d ago
best games comes always from canada not japan nor usa
dkgshiz  +   987d ago
No, Bioware is awful now and Silicon knights was never good. You could include divisions of Ubisoft and Rockstar for Canadian developers I suppose.
aquamala  +   987d ago
good to know eh
MasterofMagnetism  +   987d ago
Oh Canada!

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