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2016 Canadian Gaming Summit: Most Anticipated Event for Gaming Professionals

canadian-gaming-summit-montreal-canada-4403-832480The upcoming Summit brings together all attendees from different gaming industries, disciplines and regions within and beyond Canada. The annual event is featuring game industry conference streams, extensive educational program, products and services, trade show floor, interactive networking events, annual awarding and recognition program and charity reception, opportunity to share wisdom on gaming with industry peers and professionals, and so much more.

The comprehensive educational program, consisting of sessions and keynote presentations which cover a wide discussion about gaming presented by industry leaders, is aimed to develop skills and knowledge required for gaming professionals to excel and cope in this generation’s rapidly evolving market and technology. This program includes seminars on Marketing, Gaming Operations, iGaming, Sports Betting, Finance, Human Resources, Gaming Technology and more.

33.CTMS_2013_B2_Casino_Gaming_Role_in_Marketing_DestinationsThe Canadian Gaming Summit, co-owned and founded by The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) and MediaEdge Communications, exhibits one-on-one interactions with seniors and professional decision makers who purchase gaming products and services across and beyond Canada. All attending delegates represent their respective gaming sector and discipline. Exhibiting such feat of knowledge on gaming is also beneficial to every gaming enthusiast and marketer. Below are some of the reasons of exhibiting games during the Summit.

  • Opportunity to showcase new products and services
  • Opportunity to exclusively meet senior and professional purchasers
  • Face-to-face interactions with current and prospective clients
  • Close existing industry opportunities and develop new ones in the business
  • Create comprehensive marketing plans which generate qualified sales to lead in the market

Every participant is ensured and backed by extensive promotional campaigns, every program and session are committed to bring total market awareness and lure qualified buyers to this event. Some events, including Canadian Gaming Summit Gold Classic and Canadian Gaming Industry, provide outstanding network opportunities for attendees in the event. In the span of two decades, excellent leadership and various achievements are recognized within the gaming industry through Industry Awards given annually.

Crimson Cow Games Company Attends Game Summit 2016

When Crimson Cow Games Company attended the Summits at GDC last March 14-15, 2016, our passion has become stronger and our knowledge has extensively broadened. The extent of learning we have acquired was a treasure. We were able to find value in the following sectors:

AI Summit

The AI Summit has featured lectures and panels from the most sought-after AI programmers in the industry. We were able to learn the key structures of the most successful commercial games, and it was truly epic.

Community Management

We have gained some insights on how we can further manage the needs and interests of our community and consider these in crafting our company’s goals. The community management strategies delivered were all valuable.

eSports

Everything about eSports was discussed. We’ve gained lots of new insights about how to grow, design, develop, communicate, and sustain in the competitive gaming industry.

Free to Play

F2P has certainly revolutionized the industry over the past years. Both mobile and web games
are ruled by F2P games. We’ve got some helpful pieces of insights on how we can take advantage of this.

Game Narrative Summit

In this summit, we’ve learned the value of interactive storytelling. We have gained tips on the dos and don’ts that are relevant in the existing market.

GDC Education Summit

The educational and inventive approaches cited here were all worthy to be brought to every classroom and faculty. No doubt about that.

Independent Games Summit

We have realized how much more the indie game industry has to become more diverse in terms of experience, voice, and perspective

Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit

This is another important part of it all. We were able to gain distinct ideas on what are the most effective practices in developing games across all mobile platforms—be it Android, iOS, Amazon, and more.

The Game Summit at GDC was a momentous event for us. It marked the day of additional valuable knowledge from the best of the gaming industry. Truly worthwhile!

Current Game Trends for 2016

The gaming industry is ever-evolving. Each year, new trends pile up and each year, more exciting additions are made to cement the gaming industry further. 2015 has had a good set of game trends. This year, some trends have tailed off and some have skyrocketed. Here are the trends that will dominate the games industry this year. Get ready as you check out what will be widely up and running for 2016.

The rise of RPG continues

iro2-live-f9103The Role Playing Game has experienced decades of changes in terms of game design, and it has shown no sign of halting its constant march. RPG took over each video game genre there is. However, this is no longer surprising. The RPG is backed with solid core principles, such as storytelling, character/s development, and stirring game play. Players never cease to love following a story—especially if it’s one that’s impeccably arranged. RPG games enable players to feel like they’re actually the one in the game. They feel much more in character while on the game. They can choose a character they can relate to, choosing their own skills while following exciting quests– not to mention great graphics.

The blurring line between social media and game

The rise of multi-player games will continue. This will provide not just “gaming” experiences but “social” practices as well. It’s expected that more games will open multi-player options.

Increased involvement of crowdfunding in the games industry

Lots of games are steadily using crowdfunding sites to check the level of interest consumers have on their development, eventually gathering funds to start up. The big role of crowdfunding in today’s gaming industry will carry on.

Increased interest in immersive gaming – augmented and virtual reality

Augmented reality

we-were-blown-away-by-virtual-reality-park-the-voidAugmented reality refers to the superimpositions of computer-generated sensations such as sound, graphics, video, or GPS data onto a real-world setting. Ingress, and app-based game, is an example of this. This game has transformed the real world into a gaming landscape.

Virtual reality

Virtual Reality is also starting to gain increasing popularity. Many manufacturers are starting to boost their production of VR headsets. With the Oculus Rift’s release earlier this year, there’s no doubt that VR gaming will be embraced far and wide this 2016.

These are some of the expected trends that we can noticeably see and feel this year. With the advancements of technology, trends are expected to further evolve and transform for the better.

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Studies show There are more Adult Game Players than Children

In Entertainment Software Association’s 2015 report, they have found out that out of 155 million Americans who play games regularly, the average age of the regular game players is 35 years old. That means there are more adults who play games than children. 26% of players are under 18 years old and 27 percent are over 50 years old.

lenovo-Y50-35833726-0081Many people debate over whether this is a boon or a bane. Many consider this alarming because that could mean more adults are spending their time over unproductive things. However, there are also people who consider it a blessing since it was found out that playing video games fight against depression. Some studies believe that the more an adult plays video games, the less depressed they become since “video game play is literally the neurological opposite of depression”.

There were also other studies that conclude the exact opposite claiming that video gaming is the most common resort of those with an “escapist” mindset. These are the people who ignore real-world problems, get rid of stressful situations, and suppress unpleasant emotions by playing video games. The opposing studies believe that this could result negatively as it could lead to anxiety, social isolation, and depression, claiming that the more you spend time playing games, the less time you spend solving real-life troubles.

Although this has a point, this isn’t entirely true. Depressed players can self-medicate with games. Playing games can cure depression as long as it’s done with the right purpose—that is with a favorable goal like to develop your creativity (Minecraft), to learn problem-solving skills (Portal), to strengthen relationships with family and friends (Words with Friends), to get better in dealing with failures (Call of Duty), and to better yourself when faced with critical situations (League of Legends). These kinds of purposeful games can help players build self-confidence and real-life problem-solving skills. The more they learn these traits from these games, the less depressed they’d eventually become.