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In partnership with Interactive Ontario (IO), Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is offering a new EDGE: Education for Digital and Games Entrepreneurs program providing business skills training to help gaming industry professionals effectively make strategic business decisions.

Starting on January 31st, The EDGE workshop series will focus on the business aspects of the interactive gaming sector. The program includes business fundamentals and industry-specific topics, taught by industry experts. 

EDGE has been designed to provide participants with in-depth knowledge of topics pertaining to the interactive gaming industry including:

- Entrepreneurial Finance in Interactive Gaming
- Human Resources Management in Interactive Gaming
- Intellectual Property in Interactive Gaming
- Principles of Marketing in Interactive Gaming
- Project Management in Interactive Gaming
- Leadership and Entrepreneurial Behaviour in Interactive Gaming

The workshops have been designed for video game and digital media entrepreneurs in the interactive gaming sector. In particular, it will appeal to mid-level and executive professionals in the gaming industry looking to advance their skills, and new game developers interested in developing competencies to successfully launch new gaming projects.

Thanks to Jamie from BlueSky Communications for providing the above information.


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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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This sample list displays the type of Google searches that visitors have used to find their way to CanDevs. It's informative to know that both Google and visitors find CanDevs to be a useful site.






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