Friday, October 16, 2009

Bioware Wins Prestigious Top 100 Employer Award

By Paul Hunter

We've heard time and time again that Canada is a world class leader in the video game industry. Simply put, we've got some of the best development studios on the planet. Want proof? I'm glad you asked.

The Advisory Board behind Canada's Top 100 Employers project have announced the winners for 2010. Included on the list is Edmonton-based Bioware, the AAA game developer behind such blockbuster titles such as Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate, and the upcoming Dragon Age: Origins.

But wait, there were more notable winners.

Canadian powerhouse developer Digital Extremes also made the list. They're best known for titles such as Dark Sector, Unreal Tournament and for assisting with the PS3 version of Bioshock. Based in London, Ontario, the company's CEO James Schmalz has recently been announced as a speaker for this year's DIG London in November.

Rounding out the video game employer recipients this year is Vancouver-based Next Level Games. They have a really close relationship with Nintendo and have produced several popular titles including the Wii remake of Punch Out!!, Mario Strikers Charged, and Super Mario Strikers. They were also responsible for the Xbox 360, Wii and PS2 versions of Spiderman: Friend or Foe.

From all of us here at NextGen Player -- we say congratulations to these representative Canadian video game employers!

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