The impact of the video game industry in BC

These days, the video games industry is a very lucrative market. With the British Columbia region (Canada) being responsible for almost 30% of all global game revenue. 

In fact, Vancouver (Where most games are developed) is known to have some seriously die hard Fornite and PUBG fans. There are also many cases where video game super fans are getting payday loans in Vancouver on a regular basis. 

Why? 

Well just so they can buy more games. 

No judgement though . . . to each its own,

Bottom line, the video game craze is huge in BC and there are some very legit reasons for it.

British Columbia’s gaming industry has grown by an average of 45% each year over the past five years. This growth is due to the province being home to several high-profile game studios, including Ubisoft, EA (BC’s own), and BioWare. That’s local and international companies.

Let’s have a look at each of these “Big Three” companies in a tad bit more detail.

Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a French video game developer but also a publisher known for developing and publishing games for various gaming platforms. Including Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and iOS. They even had an office in Vancouver, BC but after shutting it down, Ubisoft expanded further in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This legendary company was founded in 1986 by brothers Yves Guillemot, and Michel Guillemot. 

It is one of the first video game companies to produce games for multiple consoles,  simultaneously.

Ubisoft is one of the most globally successful entertainment companies in the world. 

With its headquarters located in Montreuil-sous-Bois near Paris’s business district in France.

EA Sports

EA Sports is a video game sports publisher and developer, founded in 1982 and based in Burnaby, BC.

The company is best known for its FIFA, Madden NFL, NHL, NBA Live, NCAA Football games series. EA Sports has also developed games such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour series and the UFC Undisputed series.

EA Sports is one of the biggest names in the gaming industry and it’s an example of how to dominate your market for ages. Also let’s be honest, their games kick butt.

Their revenue has been steadily increasing year after year since the beginning. From $150 million in 1982 to over $6 billion today.

BioWare

BioWare is a well-known video game developer and publisher, founded in 1995 by Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk.

The company was a pioneer in creating well-received role-playing games such as Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age. They have also produced large titles such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and Anthem and more.

BioWare has been one of the largest independent video game developers for the last three decades. 

They don’t have an office in BC at the moment, but they do in Edmonton.

So what attracts these massive companies to Canada, especially the BC region?

In one word . . . talent.

A Massive Talent Pool

The video game industry has some deep roots in BC. Thanks to the massive success of EA Sports. Located in Burnaby, BC, EA sports is truly in a different league (No pun intended).

Especially when it comes to international sports games.

It is the success of this company that really sparked the fire within the locals, and attracted even more foreign talent. Also the local BC government has their own little programs to support the growth of this industry. Which further helps everybody involved.

What really took things to the next level was the integration with the movie industry.

BC is also known as “Hollywood North”. It’s full of talented people who speak English, and the US dollar goes here a bit longer than its southern neighbor. 

Which makes it an ideal place for Hollywood blockbusters to be shot here. Most recently, Marvel movies were extensively shot in BC.

In fact, don’t be surprised if you are walking around in Vancouver or somewhere in BC and you see a whole bunch of white trailers (Film production crew basically).

So video game talent + infusion with Hollywood has put BC on the map for gaming, animation and movies.

Overall, the impact of these creative industries has been awesome.

Now let’s see how far things go.