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Vancouver to host “Pocket Gamer Connects” in 2016

Business Events Canada is celebrating after Vancouver has been chosen to host “Pocket Gamer Connect” (PCG), the Global Mobile Games Show taking place 28th-29th June 2016.   Curated by the teams responsible for the world’s leading mobile gaming publications, PCG is the conference series that reaches the core of the mobile gaming industry. The two-day event will gather target audiences including developers, creatives, investors, publishers, advertising companies and media providing unique access to the biggest names in the sector, brilliant networking opportunities, and sharply honed content.

“PGC Connects Vancouver” is the first visit to Canada for the PGC conference series and is set to see Amazon, Google, Samsung, Disney, BBC World and Channel 4 amongst the attendees.

“Pocket Gamer Connects” was launched in London at the start of 2014 and has seen over 5,900 mobile games industry professionals attending their conferences in Helsinki, Bangalore and San Francisco.  

According to a recent economic report released by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC), the Canadian video game industry had a remarkable 2014, continuing a speedy growth that demonstrates its critical place in the country’s new digital economy.  

New numbers show that there are 472 active video game studios in Canada. The industry is employing some 20,400 people from coast to coast and its contribution to Canada’s GDP jumped to $3 billion/year in 2015, a staggering 31% increase.  

Vancouver has been at the vanguard of game development in North America due to the big video game developer EA’s campus, which has encouraged the education system to support games, as well as generating many start-ups, some of which have grown into solid businesses themselves. The development studio opened (as Distinctive Software) in January 1983 and is EA's largest and oldest studio. EA Canada alone employs approximately 1,300 people and houses the world's largest video game test operation.  

Emma Cashmore, Managing Director of Axis Travel Marketing which represents Business Events Canada in the UK and Europe commented: “We are thrilled to have “Pocket Gamer” making Vancouver the first Canadian destination for their conference series. It sits in line nicely with our vertical sector strategy whereby we are showcasing Canada and our Centres of Excellence in a number of fields including the ICT Sector, Agriculture and Food, Infrastructure and Engineering, Life Sciences, Clean Technology and Aerospace.  

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is certainly a thriving sector in Canada and it is home to some of the country’s brightest minds and most innovative businesses. The support of major research institutions and government programs has made Canada an attractive destination for ICT organizations of all sizes”.

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