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A new face for Canadian video game industry advocacy
A new face for Canadian video game industry advocacy
October 18, 2012 | By Frank Cifaldi




The Canadian video game industry's leading advocacy group has a new leader.

Jayson Hilchie has taken over as the new president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, where he'll lobby to improve the state of the Canadian video game industry.

Hilchie previously served a similar role at Nova Scotia Business Inc., where he helped mature that region's video game industry by assisting studios including Longtail, Frontier Developments and Radian6 establish offices in Halifax.

Among his tasks as ESA Canada's new head, Hilchie will lobby to lift federal restrictions preventing Canadian video game companies from importing talent from outside of the country.

ESA Canada is an organization similar to the ESA in the United States, though they're not directly affiliated (they're "distant cousins," a representative tells us). It produces research into the habits of its country's players, lobbies on the federal level on copyright reform and IP issues, and acts as the "voice" of the Canadian video game industry.

Members of ESA Canada include the Canadian divisions of Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft and Warner Bros, among others.


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Nate Walpole
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"Among his tasks as ESA Canada's new head, Hilchie will lobby to lift federal restrictions preventing Canadian video game companies from importing talent from outside of the country."

What will Hilchie do to retain the talent that is grown in the country in the first place? I am going on my 14th year of game development work in the United States directly after being schooled in Canada. Over a decade ago there were limited options, but as Canadian ex-pats like myself grow, have families and become nostalgic for a life back in Canada, we face uneven compensation commensurate on experience between the two countries.

Craig Page
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They should lobby for net neutrality in Canada, it really sucks that Rogers is allowed to throttle your connection if you try to host a Call of Duty game on your Xbox. It's just unplayable, everyone else can barely move except you (the host). Then a minute later it either migrates the host to someone else (one of your friends who are also using Rogers if you're unlucky), or just sends whatever players are left to the lobby.


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