Report: ESAC’s Game Industry 2017

Ours is a solid industry with tons of growth both at present and looking forward, and 2017 was a great year for us!

Entertainment Software Association of Canada Report

Fall program: Call for Features and Activities

With students coming back to town, we’re looking to ramp up our activities to give folks a chance to gather and start building games together in the lead-up to our inaugural game jam. We’d like to invite all devs, artists, musicians, business folks, and sundry into our community. We’d like to develop a program that includes talks, workshop nights, and, of course, preparation for the jam.

If you’re interested, please, drop us a line, reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook, or come find us at our regular meetups at Common Ground on Harvey Road.

PS: We should soon have an announcement about our special event for this month.

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August Meetup! Featuring: The Tale of the Unlikely Production of Secret Ponchos

Our August meetup will take place at 7:30PM on August 15th at Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road. We’re delighted to welcome Darren Esau as our feature speaker.

Our Main Feature

This talk is a description of how a group of friends created a game called Secret Ponchos from their basements, despite not really having started in the way that studios are typically founded (e.g. with at least one programmer and a plan to create an actual game).

Our Speaker

Darren Esau is a programmer and co-founder of Switchblade Monkeys, which created Secret Ponchos for PC and PS4. He previously worked at Radical Entertainment, Hothead Games, and Virtual Marine Technology. He’s originally from Vancouver, and moved to St. John’s in 2009. He has two young daughters and looks forward to the day when they’re old enough that he can tell his wife that he’s buying the latest game release “for the kids.”


If you’d like to book a 2-minute Appetizer slot to talk about a topic of interest before the main meetup, please fill out the form below:


Story of a meetup in tweet form

Janice Hertel was good enough to snap a few pics at the meetup on Tuesday, so we collected her picture tweets and Greg’s preview tweets and make a Moment out of it. This is a nice window into what our meetups are all about.