OMDC Newsletter
Spring 2016

Ontario Investing in Interactive Digital Media Sector - Province Increasing Support for Interactive Digital Media Fund

On March 8, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Coteau announced that Ontario invested $6 million through the Interactive Digital Media Fund to support 52 companies focused on building a vibrant digital media industry, creating jobs and growing the economy.

Han Dong MPP- Trinity-Spadina; John Barrack Managing Partner, marbleLIVE!; Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC’s President & CEO; Mark Sakamoto, OMDC Chair, The Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Mark Bishop, Co-CEO/Executive Producer, marblemedia

Minister Michael Coteau made the announcement at marblemedia, an award-winning content creation company at the forefront of television and digital media production. marblemedia is receiving $120,000 from the Interactive Digital Media Fund to support the production of their mobile game, Splatalot Attack!

Colin Sanders with The Hon. Michael Coteau

Beginning in 2016, the province will increase support for the Interactive Digital Media Fund to $10 million. The 2016-17 program, which started accepting applications today, will also be more flexible, with new funding streams to support a wider variety of projects, including publishing businesses and marketing support.

Read the full press release here. Find out more about the OMDC IDM Funding here.

Visit IDM Fund Launch Facebook Gallery for more photos from this announcement.

OMDC’s IDM Fund Showcase Celebrating 10 Years of Success!

To highlight and celebrate a decade of the Interactive Digital Media Fund, OMDC hosted the IDM Showcase on February 25, 2016 at Daniels Spectrum. As OMDC CEO Karen Thorne-Stone illuminated in her remarks, the IDM Fund has invested more than $25 million in the sector over the past 10 years, stimulating production and creating jobs. Ontario’s IDM sector is now Canada’s largest; employing 16,000 people and generating revenues of almost $1.5 billion.

OMDC’s President and CEO, Karen Thorne-Stone A view of the crowd from above


Fourteen IDM Fund recipients displayed and demoed their products, showing off the range of the interactive industry, from educational apps (Breezin’ Through Theory) to online magazines (Beauty Desk), web series (Space Janitors), a children’s story app (Loose Strands), and a whole gamut of games (Below, Planet of the Eyes, N++ and more).

Capybara Games’ Below– Nathan Vella and Sean Lohrisch iThentic’s Guidestones: Sunflower Noir - Fab Fillippo, Lisa Baylin, Chris Heron and Jonas Diamond
Mark Media’s The Great Dumpling Adventure
Donna MacNeil, Jason Loftus and Julia Tobin
Breezin’ Thru Composing - Jean McKen and Nancy Helstab
Big Blue Bubble’s My Singing Monsters, Vikas Gupta with Furcorn and Mammott Vikas Gupta
Cococucumber’s Planet of the Eyes - Vanessa Chia and
Martin Gavreau
Space Mop’s Space Janitors - Michael Davison
Phantom Compass’ Auto Age: Standoff - Thomas
Detko, Eric McQuiggan, Ericka Evans and Tony Walsh
Jon Remedios Games’ Shoot Shoot Mega Pack - Gavin McCarthy and Jonathan Remedios
Queasy Games’ Sound Shapes - Colin Mancer Colin Mancer, Stanislav Kojokin, Alex Jansen and Evan Jones
Drinkbox Studios’ Guacamelee! and Severed - Graham Smith and David Rusak Darned Sock’s Loose Strands - Alexandra Grigorescu and Mark Moyes
Maple Media’s Beauty Desk.com - Sara Koonar Metanet Software’s N++ - Mare Sheppard
Jason Kaplan, Sam Cross, Garrett Elliott and Mare Sheppard James Weyman, Nicole Kelly, Jim Orlando and
Fredrik Liljegren
Jim Munroe –Prize Pack Winner Parker Martin – Prize Pack Winner

 

Guests received raffle prize entries for each product they tested out, and the draw for the winner was a big moment of the night.

OMDC’s Karen Thorne-Stone, Erin Creasey, Kim Gibson and Kristine Murphy


Visit OMDC IDM’s Fund Showcase Facebook Gallery for more photos from this event.

OMDC Promoting 33 Ontario Game Companies at GDC!

OMDC GDC Playbooth

Ontario game developers had a large presence at the annual Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, March 14-18, 2016. OMDC supported 33 companies to attend the event via the Export Fund, ran a booth for demos of IDM funded games in the indie developer space GDC Play, and hosted an evening networking event with over 200 attendees for Ontario companies and their business contacts from the industry.

Fifteen companies set-up demos in the OMDC GDC Play booth, including: Big Viking Games, XMG, SHG, Game Pill and more.

Ontario companies and their key players were featured as speakers and included in the programming at this year’s GDC including: Drinkbox Studios, Metanet Software, Capybara Games and several people from the Dames Making Games collective to name a few.

Rocket 5 and Phantom Compass also participated in a pitch competition on the Floor of GDC Play.

Many Ontario Companies have informally reported great success showing their games to publishers behind closed doors. We look forward to their continued success.

Here are just a few highlights from this successful event:
Rocket 5 and Phantom Compass booths at GDC Play Big Viking Games’ Albert Lai, Jordan Satok, John
Gardiner

 

Metanet Software’s Raigan Burns and Mare Sheppard present at GDC.

Phantom Compass’ Tony Walsh pitching Auto Age at GDC. Miriam Verburg Bloom Digital Media won honourable mention at the International Mobile Gaming Awards for Long Story