Nova Scotia Game Developers Association Sponsors Halifax GameJam

Nova Scotia Game Developers Association Sponsors Halifax GameJam

Selected student participants to be offered expenses-paid trip to represent Nova Scotia at the UK's Brains Eden gaming festival and game jam in June 2014.


The Nova Scotia Game Developers Association (NSGDA) today announced its sponsorship of the HPXDigital Halifax GameJam, a 48 hour all-weekend event where aspiring game developers and professionals alike come together in teams to create videogames from scratch.


Whether you have never made a game before and you want to have a go or you've already worked on AAA titles, you can come along alone or in a ready-made team with your friends. Many NSGDA members from Nova Scotia's professional videogame development community will be there, taking part and offering advice in a friendly, creative environment. The event, to be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax starts at 6:30pm on Friday 18th October, and ends 48 hours later at 6:30pm on Sunday 20nd October.  Bring your computer, tools of trade and enthusiasm!


GameJam is a great opportunity to meet like minded people, experiment with new ideas and develop creative games, and we encourage anyone and everyone to come and take part.” said NSGDA President Kirsten Tomilson. “As an added incentive, we're delighted to announce that NSGDA members will be on the look out for students taking part in the GameJam who show enthusiasm and potential, and invite them to be in a team that will represent Nova Scotia at the Brains Eden gaming festival & game jam in Cambridge, UK - Brains Eden takes place in June 2014, and our team will have an expenses-paid trip to take part alongside 30 other UK and international student teams.”


The 2014 Brains Eden gaming festival and game jam will take place Friday 27th - Monday 30th June 2014.  It is sponsored by Games Eden, the Cambridge, UK, game developer cluster and organised by Creative Front Cambridgeshire, a network led by Anglia Ruskin University as an initiative to stimulate, incubate, grow and further the creative industries in the region.


We wish everyone the best of luck with this weekend's Halifax GameJam!  We are thrilled that in 2014 we will be welcoming the first ever Nova Scotian team to participate in the Brains Eden festival with other student teams from Europe, Asia and the UK.” said Clare Green,  Manager of Creative Front. “Over the years Brains Eden has proved to be a great opportunity for students interested in game development to discuss topical issues related to the games industry, get careers advice and, of course, demonstrate their skills and creativity in our game jam, mentored by members of our Cambridge game developer cluster.”


NSGDA Press Contacts:

President:          Kirsten Tomilson             E:

Vice-President:  David Walsh                    E:

Treasurer:          Willie Stephenson           E:



The Nova Scotia Game Developers Association was formed in October 2013, to advocate for videogame development and foster industry collaboration within the industry in Nova Scotia. According to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC), around 350 people are employed in 18 videogame development studios around the province, making it the 4th largest provincial game development industry in Canada.  NSGDA members are committed to the further development of the industry in Nova Scotia, hiring graduates from local Universities and Colleges, and working to promote high standards of relevant education. In addition to its advocacy and educational outreach work, the NSGDA also organises events to foster collaboration within the Nova Scotia game developer community.


Individuals and organisations can currently connect with the NSGDA via:

Twitter: follow @nsgda



Conceived by Games Eden - Cambridge's games development network - and produced by Creative Front Cambridgeshire, this vibrant festival is fully supported and funded by industry leaders such as ARM, Frontier Developments, PlayStation First, Sony Guerrilla Cambridge and Jagex. Cambridge is a hot-bed for technological advancement and is host to a world leading digital creative hub which has grown in support of historic local hardware initiatives. A good number of world-renowned games development companies and over a thousand games industry professionals are employed in Cambridge, 18% of the UK's games industry’s people.

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