Ontario to boost Support for Interactive Digital Media

Ontario is investing in its growing Interactive Digital Media sector with new support for 97 companies to help build a vibrant digital media industry, create jobs and grow the economy.

Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science announced the 2016-17 recipients of the Interactive Digital Media Fund on behalf of Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport at Gamma Space in Toronto. Gamma Space is a collaborative hub and co-working space for web and game developers. Both Vertex Pop and Laundry Bear Studios, which work out of Gamma Space, are fund recipients.

Ontario’s support helps companies develop innovative projects including video games, mobile apps and interactive digital magazines. ” Our government’s support for Ontario’s digital media sector helps our businesses create commercially successful projects that are enjoyed worldwide,” McMahon said. The support also helps companies to see projects through from concept to production, including publishing and marketing activities.

Ontario success stories include, Breezin’ Thru Composing, an online program that gives students the thrill of creating their own music, and is a winner of “Best Tools for Schools”, and LongStory, an episodic teen adventure game about solving mysteries, managing relationships, and navigating the social scene at school from Bloom Digital, recipient of an International Mobile Gaming Award.