Myth: Video games are fun but not a career

Reality

Valued at $2.3 billion, Canada’s video gaming industry is the third largest in the world, providing approximately 16,500 jobs across the country, according to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

There are over 329 gaming companies in Canada, with major hubs in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. Global video gaming companies like Ubisoft, Electronic Games and Eidos have branches in Canada and provide a wide variety of positions to accommodate every interest.

Besides game developers, the industry employs such cool professions as graphic designers, software engineers, 3D artists, sound engineers, and computer scientists - just to name a few.

Many colleges and universities realize the demand for professionals in the video gaming industry and offer programs tailored specifically for different career paths in gaming. For example, Sheridan College offers a Bachelor of Game Design program. TriOS college has a diploma program in Video Game Design and Development and Seneca college offers a Game Art and Animation program.

For a full list of computer gaming programs, visit the Ontario Colleges website. Also, read more on the CareerMash Video Gaming industry page.

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