Oct 3, 2009

20,000 Readers Can't Be Wrong - Canada Kicks Ass

By Paul Hunter

NextGen Player is on a freakin' roll. For the third month in a row we've had over 20,000 readers. This time last year we attracted 3,000 readers, meaning the site has grown by over 500% in only twelve months. If last year we were small potatoes, then this year we're a giant 100 LB burlap sack of potatoes.

Of course, what this clearly means to me is that Canadians from coast-to-coast and gamers around the world are extremely interested in what's happening in the Canadian video game scene. And by rights they should be. As Clinton recently pointed out, Canada is now the third largest gaming industry in the world, just behind Japan and USA. Everyone wants a piece of Canada these days, including Funcom, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft -- companies that have all recently announced new offices in the country.

And by rights they should want to open up shop here. Not only does Canada provide some of the best tax incentives in the world, we also have some of the best gaming talent in the world here.

You know, for a long time now I've been sick of international gaming websites making snide remarks about how Canada is full of beer drinkers and giant ice spiders but I think it's now time I start to interpret these comments as raw envy. Who wouldn't want to live in a country where all we do is make and play the most kick ass games on the market?

Thanks for reading everyone.


Mike said...

Hey congrats on your continuing success! Canada is a hotbed of gaming talent and now the gaming websites like this to go along with it.

Paul Hunter said...

Thanks Mike! That's exactly how I feel and the reason why I started NextGen Player. With the Canadian gaming scene heating up we need gaming websites to cover our news. The pace is only going to accelerate from here!

VancityAllie said...

Congratulations you guys! You work hard at this and it's awesome.

Now all you need is more Canada game industry news ;)

Paul Hunter said...

It's funny, the problem right now isn't a lack of Canadian gaming news, but rather a lack of time to report on it. We are all still volunteers working on the site in our spare time.

I have at least 15 news items I want to report on at the moment -- I'll keep on plugging away one at a time!

Dan said...

Congratualtions from Digital Download Game World (ddgameworld.com). We have experienced similar success in the same amount of time and we credit the Canadian Audience of Gamers and Independent Media Providers like nextgenplayer. Keep up the great work!

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