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The App Pitch is an event being held at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

Event Details:

Calling all Startups, Students, Developers, and Designers!!!

“The App Pitch” is your opportunity to show the Toronto startup, student and developer community YOUR app ideas for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Furthermore, it’s your opportunity to win $500 CAD and a chance to pitch your startup to investors during the International Startup Festival Elevator World Tour stop in Toronto on January 31st, 2013.

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The following is courtesy of Carly Beath from Interactive Ontario:

What are the latest techniques in designing free-to-play games? Is a crowdfunding campaign right for your project? What sources of funding are available? The video game industry is rapidly evolving and Interactive Ontario’s GameON: Finance conference, entering its sixth year, will help creators and investors make sense of the new landscape in the business of games. The conference happens January 29 & 30th at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in downtown Toronto.

The full conference schedule has just been released and includes keynotes speakers Feargus Urquhart (Obsidian Entertainment) and Charles Hudson (SoftTechVC) as well as:

Cindy Au - Head of Community, Kickstarter

Jim Ying - Vice President, Developer Relations and Publishing, GREE

Nathan Vella - Co-founder & President, Capybara Games

Lee Jacobson - CEO, Apmetrix

and many others

From VC investment to player acquisition to crowdfunding, GameON: Finance will explore all aspects of how to make money making games.

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X-Summit is a two-day conference focused on the opportunities where interactive media intersect with other forms of media including television and film. The 2012 edition takes place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Toronto on November 6 and 7 and marks the seventh year for Interactive Ontario’s cross-media conference. Early bird tickets are available now.

Content producers will learn how to better tell their stories seamlessly across multiple platforms, and all attendees will discover and discuss new trends and best practices in developing true transmedia projects as well as ways to expand existing properties into new media.

X-Summit will create a dialogue between content creators in film, TV, video games, interactive online storytelling and other forms of media, and will provide unparalleled networking and partnership development opportunities.

The first day of the X-Summit 2012 conference will feature a full day of programming including keynotes, panels and presentations followed by a networking reception. The second day goes into depth with 1x1 meetings, roundtable discussions, workshops and more. These opportunities for learning and collaboration will help attendees make the most of their intellectual property.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for those involved in developing projects with an interactive digital media component,” said Interactive Ontario President and CEO Donald Henderson. “X-Summit will allow innovative content creators to exchange knowledge and forge new partnerships.”

For full information visit the X-Summit web site:


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The ESC (E-Sports Championship) summer season grand finals are taking place on July 28, 2012 in Toronto.

Players will be competing for prizes in the following games: Starcraft 2 , League of Legends, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, and Skullgirls.

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Interactive Ontario (IO) has announced announced keynote highlights for the upcoming GameON: Finance conference, taking place January 17 & 18, 2012 at the Design Exchange in Toronto.  GameON: Finance is Canada's top business forum for the interactive entertainment industry connecting developers, innovators, investors and industry leaders in the digital game space.

Keynote Session Highlights

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Zack Karlsson, VP, Business Development & Digital Platforms, Capcom

This keynote features a candid and revealing interview with games industry veteran Zack Karlsson, Vice President, Business Development & Digital Platforms, Capcom. Currently, Karlsson oversees the digital, mobile and social games businesses and portfolios, as well as business development activities for Capcom. Zack will be interviewed by Shaun Hatton, Host & Content Producer, Electric Playground

KEYNOTE: Changing the Game - The Power of Analytics

Chris Wright, CEO, GamesAnalytics will present the top tips online developers and publishers need to implement to achieve successful results from data-mining and analytics in online games. Takeaways include: recognizing valuable data, how to collect the right data, identifying real player value, how to segment and predict player behaviour, generating actionable results that improve customer satisfaction and revenue, and the importance of tracking social interaction.

Chris Wright co-founded GamesAnalytics in the UK, a data mining and monetization company serving the games industry. Over the course of his career, Wright helped I-play to become a top-three mobile games publisher worldwide, with relationships spanning EA, Activision, EIDOS, Universal Pictures and MGM. Chris was responsible for the most successful mobile games from I-play including the Fast and Furious franchise (which sold over ten million copies), the Metal Slug franchise and My Dog. In 2007, I-play was acquired by Oberon Media for an estimated $110 million.
KEYNOTE: The Games People Play: Dominating a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

Albert Lai has been involved in dozens of startups, raising millions of dollars in venture financing and successfully selling companies. Albert believes that many observers currently underestimate the potential growth of the mobile games industry and the disruptive nature of digital and social distribution which will serve as the building blocks for a billion dollar mobile games industry in Canada. In this keynote presentation, Albert describes the perfect storm of events, situations, government support and massive game talent which together will shape Canada's new role in dominating the multi-billion dollar games industry, and gain insight into how entrepreneurs and investors can profit from this tremendous opportunity.

While in his teens, Albert sold his first Internet company, the MyDesktop Network in a cash transaction to JupiterMedia (JUPM) for seven-figures. More recently he was the founder/CEO of BubbleShare, a photo-sharing company sold to Kaboose/Disney in 2007.  He is a co-founder of Kontagent, an analytics platform, which has raised over $18 million from investors including the Facebook Fund, Altos Ventures, Maverick Capital and Battery Ventures.




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