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New NS Game Developers’ Association

A new association has formed in Nova Scotia to advance the interests of the burgeoning video game industry.

The Nova Scotia Game Developers Association formally announced its launch earlier this month, promising to promote and advance the growing industry within the province.

“We were all working on various initiatives and coming together makes us stronger players within the industry,” said President Kirsten Tomilson in an interview last week. “Our aim is to promote and advocate digital game developers, and I think it’s important that we value inclusion.”

According to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada , 18 videogame development studios across the province employ about 350 people, making it the fourth-largest provincial game development industry in Canada.  These range from local companies of one or two people or development offices of international companies, like Frontier Developments of the U.K. People within the industry say gaming companies form an excellent incubation system because developers who work on games learn a broad range of talents needed in virtually all other digital segments.

The association, which now has 30 members, will serve as a rallying point for this industry and focus on a few concerns that are of particular concern.

Individuals and organisations can currently connect with the NSGDA via:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nsgda follow @nsgda

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4987941

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/350306908438011/