Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) expects the biggest turnout in its history, an estimated 2 000 participants, from at least fifteen countries, representing the elite and the future of the video game industry. The event, co-presented by Alliance numérique and the Canada Media Fund, is intended to gather the video game community in Montreal, one of its capital cities.
For the first time ever, MIGS is welcoming a Guest Country to be featured during the event. China, represented by the CCIA – China Culture Industry Association and a Chinese Delegation, is the first nation to be invited to officially take part in MIGS 2013.
The 10th edition schedule will include 63 awaited conference sessions given by 75 experts in their fields, covering six main subjects: Arts & VFX, Audio, Business, Design, Production and Technology, a winning recipe. As the sector has evolved in the past decade, more and more independent studios are being created. MIGS organizers make it a point to address all industry players, both large and smaller, expectations to tackle changing dynamics of today and challenging perceive complexity of tomorrow.
While serious matters will be discussed, MIGS is a Cool Spot For Hot Games, offering many entertaining and appealing activities, such as the Art Gallery, where artists have the opportunity to showcase their talent or the game jam Battle of the Studios, brought forth by 3vis, Autodesk and Wacom, where teams will compete to impress with their game prototyping. Fun activities to do include the photo booth by WB Games Montreal, the Game Zone area in the Expo Zone and the best Computer Animation Festival videos projection, presented by ACM SIGGRAPH, before taking a coffee break at the Eidos and Square Enix Coffee Bar.
The MIGS video game Career Fair, brought by Espresso-Jobs, enables the gathering of companies looking to hire and qualified highly targeted industry professionals. This year again, about 300 candidates are attending this network setting. As there is added demand from decision-makers to multiply networking to encourage new business prospects, the Business Lounge, sponsored by Fasken Martineau, showed a growing popularity with over 250 participants.
Renowned speakers will be sharing their know-how and experience, starting with Dr. Ray Muzyka, BioWare co-founder, now CEO of Threshold Impact, who will initiate the festivities during the opening keynote of day 1. Interestingly enough, Dr. Muzyka was the first speaker ever at MIGS. It will be quite interesting to hear his intake on the transformations that operated since the first edition. To start off day 2, Chris Avellone, Creative Director and co-Owner of Obsidian Entertainment will share on his incredible Kickstarter Development achievements. AAA studios, indies, developers, audio artists, techies can find what they are looking for in wide subjects including mobile, tools, techniques, mentoring tips, business guideline and much more. MIGS closing keynote panel, composed of eight accomplished game developers, will touch on industry uncertainty and hard decision making.
BlackBerry and Ludia, are respectively MIGS 2013 Silver and Bronze partners. The event can also count on continued support from several Quebec studios, such as Ubisoft and its grandiose arch way, government and industry sponsors, media partners and faithful participants.
MIGS – Montreal International Game Summit – is organized by Alliance numérique and Connection Events, to meet the needs of the Quebec video game industry, which currently represents over 9,000 workers. It aims to develop expertise and knowledge transfer as well as to promote trade and business development among all of the industry stakeholders. www.migs2013.com
About Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) champions the creation of successful, innovative, Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms through financial support and industry research. Created by Canada’s cable and satellite distributors and the Government of Canada, the CMF aspires to connect Canadians to our creative expressions, to each other, and to the world. www.cmf-fmc.ca