The Alliance numérique is a Canadian digital industry network that's putting together, in conjunction with the Canadian Interactive Alliance, the first-ever Canadian Game Development Talent Awards. This ceremony will honor Canadian finalists and winners in a number of different categories around video gaming, putting a spotlight on the creative talent available in America's neighbors to the north.

The Canadian video game industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Not only is the audience surprisingly large up there, but Pierre Proulx, General Manager of Alliance numérique, says that Canada is "now the third most important cluster in terms of video game development in the world," presumably after Japan and the United States.

The awards ceremony is being chaired by developer Jason Della Rocca, and will take place on November 2, 2011 at the Montreal International Game Summit. You can see the full announcent after the break.
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First-ever gaming industry awards to focus on development talent
Alliance numérique to launch the Canadian Game Development Talent Awards at MIGS 2011


Montreal, July 5th, 2011 – Alliance numérique (AN), in collaboration with the Canadian Interactive Alliance (CIAIC) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the Canadian Game Development Talent Awards, which will be held on November 2nd, 2011, closing the Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS).

The Canadian Game Development Talent Awards will focus on recognizing the achievements of talent from across Canada in all the major disciplines of game creation. Everything from Animator of the Year, to Audio Professional of the Year, to Emerging Talent, will be honoured.

Alliance numérique has also launched the recruitment campaign of the Canadian Interactive Academy, whose role will be to evaluate the nominations and select the finalists and winners. This national committee will be chaired by Jason Della Rocca, a game business consultant and well-known leader in the industry.

"We are very happy to launch the first edition of the Canadian Game Development Talent Awards" said Pierre Proulx, General Manager of Alliance numérique. "Our goal is to recognize the creative talent in Canada, which is now the third most important cluster in terms of video game development in the world.''

Experienced game developers wishing to join the academy and participate in the awards may view complete details and submit applications from now until July 29, 2011, by visiting talentawards.ca.

About the Canadian Game Development Talent Awards
The Canadian Game Development Talent Awards, organized by Alliance numérique in collaboration with the Canadian Interactive Alliance (CIAIC), recognizes the talent and achievements of game developers throughout Canada.

About Alliance numérique
Alliance numérique, Quebec's digital industry network, seeks to support growth and competitiveness of its members in order to promote Quebec as a center of excellence in creation, production and dissemination of interactive digital content. Its members come from the video game, eLearning, services and Internet applications and mobility sectors.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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