Ontario is investing in its growing Interactive Digital Media sector with new support for 97 companies to help build a vibrant digital media industry, create jobs and grow the economy.
Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science announced the 2016-17 recipients of the Interactive Digital Media Fund today on behalf of Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport at Gamma Space in Toronto. Gamma Space is a collaborative hub and co-working space for web and game developers. Both Vertex Pop and Laundry Bear Studios, which work out of Gamma Space, are fund recipients.
Ontario’s support helps companies develop innovative projects including video games, mobile apps and interactive digital magazines. The support also helps companies to see projects through from concept to production, including publishing and marketing activities.
Ontario success stories include, Breezin’ Thru Composing, an online program that gives students the thrill of creating their own music, and is a winner of “Best Tools for Schools”, and LongStory, an episodic teen adventure game about solving mysteries, managing relationships, and navigating the social scene at school from Bloom Digital, recipient of an International Mobile Gaming Award.
Supporting a strong interactive digital media industry is part our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Our government is delighted to partner with these companies to build a vibrant interactive digital media sector. Interactive digital media is all about innovation and creativity, where technical and artistic excellence join together to create amazing products. It supports thousands of new jobs every year and is a key sector of today’s creative economy, which is expected to become even more important to Ontario’s prosperity.” said Moridi.
Big Blue Bubble – $500,000
Tiny Titan Studios – $233,000
Joydrop – $50,000
Big Viking Games – $47,900