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Entertainment Software Association of Canada

Submission — Entertainment Software Association of Canada

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Submitter(s): Kee, Jason J.

Summary: The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) is the not-for-profit trade association that represents companies in Canada that develop, publish and distribute video and computer games for game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers and the Internet. The Canadian video game industry accounts for over $2 billion in retail sales of entertainment software and hardware (billions more worldwide) a year, employs over 14,000 nationwide and directly contributes over $1.7 billion to the Canadian economy. ESAC's submission outlines key challenges the Canadian video game industry faces in accessing risk capital and developing talent, and recommends (1) specific improvements to federal R&D programs such as the federal SR&ED tax credit, (2) the introduction of an interactive digital media fund, and (3) measures to assist in developing talent for Canada's digital media industries. In ESAC's view, adoption of these recommendations will not only be of significant assistance to Canada's video game industry, but will drive innovation, economic growth and job creation, fostering a robust digital economy in Canada.

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