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2013 Report on Canada’s Video Game Industry

Nov 12, 2013 By Crissy Campbell

The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) recently came out with a 2013 report on Canada’s video game industry, revealing that Canada has the 3rd largest video game development industry in the world after the US and Japan.

Canada is responsible for creating some of the most recognizable video games in the world—including FIFA, NHL, Assassin’s Creed and Need for Speed— and is known internationally for it’s creative and well-trained talent.

Canada's Video Game Industry 2013 Stats

Image Source: ESAC

Important Stats From ESAC’s Report:

  • 329 video game companies currently operate in Canada, employing over 16,500 employees.
  • Canada’s video game industry contributes over $2.3 billion to Canada’s GDP.
  • British Columbia has 67 video game companies, with over 5,000 employees.
  • The average age of an employee working in the video game development industry in Canada is 31 years old.
  • The average salary of someone working in the video game industry in 2012 was $72,500 per annum.

Essential Facts About the Canadian Video Game Industry


In a recent interview on CTV News, CDM’s Dennis Chenard, Director of Industry Relations, discussed the changes in Vancouver’s video game industry and the move from big global companies to smaller startups. "What we’ve seen of late is that there are more and more in mobile and casual games and a strong indie community producing games."

Russell Kentish, an MDM student who is currently completing his Venture Internship and plans to start his own gaming company points out that "it's never been easier for people to start their own companies. All you need is a laptop and some time and anyone can start developing their own software."

Canada’s game industry continues to evolve. As things move from larger global game development companies to smaller startup game developers and from larger releases to smaller mobile and casual games, the industry is shifting to accommodate these changes. It will be interesting to see where it will be this time next year.