Montreal does not do things small. We are an event city and we take pride in that. That being said, the Montreal International Game Summit or MIGS 2015, which will be from November 15 to 17, under the direction of Alliance numerique will be happening at the Palais de Congres de Montreal. Last year’s number of attendees and business types that attended was greater than 2,500 and the exchange of ideas was fast and furious. To expand knowledge in the area things like business meetings, sessions and master classes will take place.
“This year once again, Montreal will welcome the largest professional video game conference on the American East Coast and this reinforces the importance of our industry and its international influence, as well as the quality of our technological innovations”, said David Lipes, new President of Alliance numérique.
On the diverse program will be all the major issues in the field of video games and plenty of experts in those areas will be on site sharing their knowlege. Guests include the likes of Sir Ian Livingston, one of the industry’s pioneers, with the creation of Games Workshop and the launch of Tomb Raider, or with Jade Raymond and Amy Hennig who are currently working on a new Star Wars project in Montreal, King (the company behind mega games like Candy Crush) creators as well as a slew of independent developers. Canada Media Fund, a co-presenter of MIGS, will be on hand to to talk about the most important trends in today’s world of screen-based industries. .
Other delights will be live demos concerned with the latest in technologies happening in the Exhibition Zone from such giants like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and Playstation. This is happening due to the Centre Phi, and many others. This will be a chance for gamers to try out new games or participate in stuff like: an Honor tournament, Ubisoft’s next big hit, or Hibernum’s Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest. Part of the spotlight will shine on independent developers, who will also showcase their games, including Minority Media with their virtual reality project Time Machine. As if that wasn’t enough, a Business Lounge dedicated to decision-makers and international buyers to spark new collaborations will take place.
Something new will be happening this year when 13 master classes organised in collaboration with TECHNOCompétences to help strengthen the skills of Quebec’s workers takes place. People in the know like Warren Spector and Mike Acton will train those interested on targeted and technical content, to better support the growing industry’s needs.
For those trying to enter into the industry this is also the place for you as MIGS15 offers a free access to its Expo Zone for all the professionals of the industry and job-seeking students to join the Recruitment Zone presented by Espresso-Jobs.
The complete program of the event is available online at www.migs15.com.