London, Ontario Looking to Build Game-based Technology Center

Not to be outdone by Hamilton, Ontario’s $11 million dollar interactive institute, London, Ontario is attempting to wrangle enough funds to build its own technological center of excellence based around videogames.

The goal of such a center, according to the London Free Press, would be to “bring together video game companies and academics to commercialize games technology to other video game companies and other industries.” Digital Extremes President Michael Schmalz said that such an ideology could help to cut through the “competitive realties” that make it difficult for technology creators to share their work with each other.

Local videogame developers and Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario are behind the project. The city of London also applied to Industry Canada for financial assistance. It was estimated that the city’s contribution towards the center would be around $5 million.

The paper called London’s videogame sector “growing,” but noted that it is “dwarfed” by those in Montreal and Vancouver.

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