Gaming

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EA lays off employees in Montreal, L.A.

President of EA Labels Frank Gibeau said in a statement Thursday that the layoffs come as part of the next-gen console transition and emergence of mobile platforms for gameplay.

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Canadian screen industry boosts production volume to $5.9 billion: report

Profile 2012: An Economic Report on the Screen-based Production Industry in Canada reported a drop in foreign location shoots, but an increase in both Canadian TV and theatrical production.

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Mercury Active acquires Riptide Games

The digital entertainment studio will purchase Riptide’s proprietary gaming library and design and production services unit.

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Sega buys Relic Entertainment as THQ Canada assets sold off

Ubisoft also acquired the THQ Montreal studio as part of a U.S.-court directed fire sale of THQ properties.

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New Sony online store available in Canada

Purchases from the store (pictured) can include films and TV shows that can be played on Sony Media Go-equipped PCs and Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets.

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CMF invests $4.2M in 19 experimental projects

Of the 19 projects, 12 received a total of $2.9 million in development funding, and seven received a total of $1.3 million in marketing support.

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Cirque du Soleil, Bell Media officially launch joint venture

Cirque du Soleil Media will develop content for TV, film, digital and gaming platforms, leveraging Cirque’s creative bench and Bell Media’s production expertise and platforms.

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Weekly roundup: Award noms, renewals and premieres

Lionsgate’s B.C.-shot Cabin in the Woods (pictured) received a best sci-fi/horror movie category nomination in the Critics’ Choice Awards, and word comes that Film Nova Scotia is being overhauled.

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Ubisoft Quebec and Toys ‘R’ Us release new Facebook game

Game developer Ubisoft Quebec has partnered with Toys ‘R’ Us to launch Toys ‘R’ Us Towers, a new free-to-play toy store simulation game on Facebook.

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Xbox Live rolling out new entertainment offerings in Canada

The apps, which are part of a major international expansion by Microsoft’s digital media service and console, include the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, GameTrailers, CNET and VOD provider CinemaNow.

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Videogame maker Kixeye opening Victoria studio

Newly appointed general manager, Clayton Stark (pictured) is tasked with hiring about 50 technical and creative talent over the next year for the San Francisco-based online game maker.

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Crossmedia Toronto unveils 26-speaker lineup

Vodo founder Jamie King, Uber Canada general manager Andrew Macdonald, and Mark Ghuneim, CEO/founder of Wiredset and Trendrr, are to headline the cross-platform content conference on February 21 in Toronto.