“We all have good reason to be optimistic” about our economy in Ontario as Premier Dalton McGuinty explained to us in his tour of one of the 1,000 interactive digital media companies, which is shown in this video.

More good news on job gains.

Digital Extremes, a London-based video game studio, creates 30 new jobs with more than 120 people currently working at the studio.

Here are their exciting technological advancement and interactive digital products:

  • Digital Extremes is developing a “3D Evolution Game Engine” that automates programming work required to create a new 3D video game.
  • The technology will reduce the time and cost involved in bringing new games to market.
  • This will help Digital Extremes grow its business and making Ontario’s digital media sector more competitive.
  • Digital Extremes is investing nearly $36 million in the project, including a $2.5-million grant from the province.
  • The company was the co-creator of Epic’s award winning Unreal franchise and has recently worked on THQ’s Homefront and 2K Game’s BioShock franchise.
  • Digital Extremes’ original game, Dark Sector was released in 2008, selling more than one million copies.

You may be wondering just how big is Ontario’s digital gaming industry?

  • Ontario is home to about 1,000 interactive digital media companies that contribute almost $1.5 billion annually to Ontario’s economy and employ around 16,000 people.
  • So far, Ontario has recovered 93 per cent of the jobs lost in the recession.
  • As a result of the tax changes implemented in Ontario, taxes on business investment were cut in half, making Ontario more competitive and encouraging business growth.

Please click here if you would like to explore opportunities to be “Creative? Consider taking interactive digital media courses.”

You can watch Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as she experiences made-in-Ontario technology during her 2010 tour of Pinewood Studios in Toronto in this video:

Please click here to find out more about the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Digital Extremes Revving Up Its "3D Evolution Game Engine" While Creating Jobs

Digital Extremes Revving Up Its "3D Evolution Game Engine" While Creating Jobs

Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

News Release

Digital Extremes Plays To Win In Ontario

April 15, 2011

McGuinty Government Helps Create 30 New Jobs, Protect 53 Jobs In London

Ontario is turning the corner and helping a London-based video game studio create 30 new jobs and protect 53 existing jobs, with more than 120 people currently working at the studio.

Digital Extremes is developing a “3D Evolution Game Engine” that automates programming work required to create a new 3D video game.  The technology will reduce the time and cost involved in bringing new games to market, helping Digital Extremes grow its business and making Ontario’s digital media sector more competitive.

Partnering with local business is a key component of the plan laid out in Ontario’s 2011 Budget — Turning the Corner, to create and support 10,000 new and existing jobs for Ontario families and strengthen local economies.

QUOTES

“As Ontario continues to turn the corner, our province has a terrific story to tell as a place to develop video games: a vibrant supply of top-notch talent, targeted digital media and R&D tax credits, strong ties with the film industry, and a proactive approach to supporting the industry.”

– Sandra Pupatello
Minister of Economic Development and Trade

“We’re helping a London-based success story like Digital Extremes move to the next level and create jobs in the fast-growing video game sector which employs more than 16,000 Ontarians.”

Khalil Ramal
MPP for London-Fanshawe

“We believe the 3D Evolution Game Engine we’re developing here in London will provide an enhanced platform allowing other videogame developers to fully leverage the creative talents of their teams. This investment signals an exciting new phase for our company.”

Michael Schmalz
President, Digital Extremes

QUICK FACTS

  • Digital Extremes is investing nearly $36 million in the project, including a $2.5-million grant from the province.
  • The company was the co-creator of Epic’s award winning Unreal franchise and has recently worked on THQ’s Homefront and 2K Game’s BioShock franchise.
  • Digital Extremes’ original game, Dark Sector was released in 2008, selling more than one million copies.
  • Ontario is home to about 1,000 interactive digital media companies that contribute almost $1.5 billion annually to Ontario’s economy and employ around 16,000 people.
  • The Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit was valued at close to $20 million in 2009-10.
  • So far, Ontario has recovered 93 per cent of the jobs lost in the recession.
  • As a result of the tax changes implemented in Ontario, taxes on business investment were cut in half, making Ontario more competitive and encouraging business growth.

CONTACT

Tim Weber
Minister’s Office
416-325-4520
tim.weber@ontario.ca

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