In Gamasutra's latest sponsored feature
, Canada's federal cultural agency Telefilm Canada points to some of the most successful indie developers and companies in the region, detailing the country's diversity and its impact on the game industry at large.
"Already a long-time high scorer in the international arena (with 16,000 employees in close to 350 companies and a projected growth rate of 17 percent over the next two years), now Canada is racking up bonus points in a rebellious new fashion: through a widening pool of independent creative minds who aren’t afraid to take some big risks in the name of doing things their own way," the agency says.
The feature specifically points to game and media groups such as the girl-focused startup Silicon Sisters, the indie father and daughter duo behind Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure
, and the creators of the new film Indie Game: The Movie, all of whom have seen some impressive success over the last several months.
In addition to these smaller teams, the agency notes that Canada has also become a popular region for some of the industry's biggest publishers.
"Powerhouse publishers like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft discovered the goldmine that is Canada’s robust talent pool early on, capitalizing on competitive tax credit programs to set up shop there and get their own game happening."
"The proliferation of independent studios intent on doing things their own way only serves to enrich the overall landscape of this red-hot market."
For more details on some of Canada's most recent strides in game development, read Gamasutra's latest sponsored feature, which is live now