Interactive Digital Media

Interactive Digital Media

Alberta is home to many thriving companies that produce interactive digital media products like video games, simulators, and mobile applications.

Alberta is home to many thriving companies that produce interactive digital media products like video games, simulators, and mobile applications.


The interactive digital media industry is strong in Alberta, combining creativity and technology to create world-class products, services and entertainment.

Invest in a thriving and growing interactive digital media industry 

Skilled Workforce

  • Maclean’s Magazine ranked the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary among the top ten universities for best computer science programs in Canada for 2018.
  • Alberta has a skilled workforce with an increasing completion rate for related educational programs.
    • Completion rates for computer and information sciences and support services programs increased by 30 per cent over the last 5 years.
    • Completion rates for mathematics and science programs increased by 52 per cent over the same time period.

Success Stories

Alberta currently has 55 firms in the video game design and development services industry including some of Canada’s largest studios.

Bioware

BioWare

BioWare, now owned by Electronic Arts, is a video game developer known for Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Beamdog

Beamdog

Beamdog is a video game developer, publisher, and distributor. Notable games include MDK2, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition, and Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.

vizworx

VizworX

VizworX is a full-service custom solutions developer that helps organizations engage with their data to improve their strategic planning, communications, and decision-making.

Serious Labs

Serious Labs

Serious Labs develops VR training solutions for the workforce including simulator equipment, tools, and training methods.

Scope AR

Scope AR

Scope AR uses augmented reality technology to help companies drive improvements in cost, efficiency, and quality. Some of its biggest customers include Lockheed Martin, Unilever, Caterpillar Inc., and Boeing.

Improbable

Improbable

Improbable is a British technology company that creates software for video games and corporate use. Edmonton joins London, Washington DC and Shanghai as a studio location. 

Contact

Get in touch with your questions or interest in doing business in Alberta:

Investor Contact
Mei Huang, Senior Director, Invest Alberta
Email: mei.huang@gov.ab.ca 

Alberta Business Contact
Tim Olsen, Senior Director, Technology Partnerships and Investment
Email: tim.olsen@gov.ab.ca 
Phone:  780-644-4970

 

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Alberta Innovates Funding Programs - https://albertainnovates.ca/what-we-offer/funding-grants/
Funding programs for Alberta businesses doing research and development in a variety of sectors.

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Cybera Rapid Access Cloud - https://www.cybera.ca/services/rapid-access-cloud/
Cybera officers free cloud computing resources to Alberta-based academics, researcher, non-profits and SMEs.

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Accelerate Fund - https://www.acceleratefund.ca/
The Accelerate Fund supports early-stage Alberta technology companies with a venture capital fund that matches angel investment.

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Connectica - https://www.connectica.ca/i3/
A directory of funding, programs, and services for Alberta innovators.

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Innovation Canada Business Supports - https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/innovation/list-liste/a38d3341e44c4327
The Government of Canada’s directory of business support programs.

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Start Alberta - https://startalberta.com/
Start Alberta provides a database of companies, investors, and organizations in Alberta.

Organization

TEC Edmonton - https://www.tecedmonton.com/
TEC Edmonton helps to accelerate the growth of emerging technology-based companies in Edmonton.

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Startup Edmonton - http://www.startupedmonton.com/
Startup Edmonton supports local entrepreneurs through the provision of mentorship, programs, co-working space and community events.

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Startup Calgary - https://www.startupcalgary.ca/
Startup Calgary provides a variety of events and programs for entrepreneurs in the startup phase.

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Edmonton Economic Development - http://www.eedc.ca/
EED supports economic development in the city of Edmonton.

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Calgary Economic Development - https://www.calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/
CED supports economic development in the city of Calgary.

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Business Link - http://businesslink.ca/
Business Link is Alberta’s entrepreneurial hub. They are a nonprofit organization that helps people navigate the steps toward starting their own businesses. They provide one-on-one support and guidance, market research, access to experts, training, networking opportunities, and specialized support for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

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Edmonton Research Park - http://www.edmontonresearchpark.com/
ERP provides access for startups and growing companies to workspace, programs, and research communities. They also make land available to companies building research facilities in biotechnology, nanotechnology, clean energy and oil and gas support.

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Platform Calgary - https://www.platformcalgary.com
Platform Calgary works to engage, activate and globalize Calgary’s innovation ecosystem - building upon the city’s potential to become a global hub for startups and innovation.

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