September 23, 2007 01:42 ET

Telefilm Canada Announces Winner of the Great Canadian Video Game Competition

The Great Canadian Video Game Competition winner and People's Choice Award unveiled at VIDFEST

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2007) -

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After 10 months and entries from 69 independent Canadian game development firms, Telefilm Canada today announced MindHabits Inc. as the winner of its Great Canadian Video Game Competition. MindHabits will receive up to $500,000 from Telefilm matched equally with private financing for a total of up to $1 million to support the commercialization of its handheld game, MindHabits Trainer.

The competition winner was revealed by Wayne Clarkson, Telefilm Canada's executive director, at the opening gala of VIDFEST - Canada's biggest annual digital content event.

"Canada's best and brightest video game talent participated in the first-ever Great Canadian Video Game Competition," says Clarkson. "The competition was tight, but MindHabits best demonstrated the Canadian creativity and innovation that our panel of esteemed industry judges was looking for."

The Competition took place in three rounds that mirrored traditional industry financing. In January 2007, an industry jury awarded 10 companies Round 1 status (Innovation) and each received $50,000 in financial assistance to explore their gaming concepts, develop a visual identity and elaborate a plan to raise initial private-sector investment. In March 2007, four of the 10 companies scored Round 2 status (Project Development). The final four included:

- Big Blue Bubble of London, ON for its Nintendo Wii game Hobby Shop

- Cerebral Vortex Games of St. Catharines, ON, for its PC/Mobile/Xbox Live Arcade game Ambush! Trivia

- MindHabits Inc. of Montreal, QC for its handheld game MindHabits Trainer

- Hothead Games Inc. of Vancouver, BC for its PC game SWARM!

The winning projects were evaluated by a proven industry jury that comprised Rory Armes, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager, Electronic Arts Black Box and Electronic Arts Montreal; Yannis Mallat, CEO, Ubisoft Montreal; Ron Moravek, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Electronic Arts Canada; and Kelly Zmak, President, Radical Entertainment (Vivendi Universal Games Canada).

Also announced today was the People's Choice Award winner, SWARM! by Hothead Games Inc., as selected by video game fans from across the country, who voted for their favourite finalist on Arcadia Festival's website, The People's Choice Awards ran parallel to The Great Canadian Video Competition, but the results had no bearing on the selection of the Competition's formal winner.

Arcadia president Francois Decarie added: "An overwhelming amount of Canadian gaming enthusiasts voted for our People's Choice Award winner. Video games are the most important cultural form for our youth, and we're proud to showcase and celebrate Canadian talent producing their own stories."

About the Great Canadian Video Game Competition

The Competition was made possible through Telefilm Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada New Media Fund and the sponsorship of industry partners Electronic Arts, Radical Entertainment and Ubisoft. Event sponsors include BC Film, Electronic Arts, New Media BC, New Media Business Alliance, Ontario Media Development Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Media sponsors include Electric Playground and G4Tech TV.

The Great Canadian Video Game Competition provides a needed opportunity for Canadian game developers to build their own capacity and original intellectual property. The Great Canadian Video Game Competition, created with the input and support of industry, takes place in three rounds that mirror traditional industry financing: Innovation (Round 1); Product Development (Round 2); and Commercialization (Round 3). For more, visit

About Arcadia Festival

First and one-of-a-kind public event open to all video game enthusiasts throughout Canada, the Arcadia Festival endeavours to gather a large number of gamers, both veteran and novice, so that they may discover the fantastic world of video games. Creators, organizations and individuals hailing from all walks of life work and play alongside one another through ARCADIA, sharing a common profound interest for the medium and the nearly boundless possibilities and developments it offers in the not-so-distant future. The ARCADIA Festival 2007 3rd edition will be held in Montreal on November 9-11, 2007 and the first edition for Toronto will be held November 16-18 2007.


Presented by New Media BC, the Vancouver International Digital Festival (VIDFEST) is Canada's biggest annual digital content event. Running from September 22-25, VIDFEST 2007 kicks off the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), drawing global leaders from the digital media industry, including animation, games, web 2.0, mobile and interactive content and featuring Vancouver's best and brightest digital media talent. 2007 festival supporters include: Telefilm, British Columbia Film and Canadian Heritage. For more information, visit

Telefilm: Developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry

Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to the development and promotion of the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian productions that appeal to domestic and international audiences. The Corporation also administers the funding programs of the Canadian Television Fund.

Contact Information

  • Media inquiries:
    Paul Welsh
    Competition Media Relations
    (604) 623-3007 (x. 223)
    Telefilm Canada
    Douglas Chow
    Deputy Director, Strategic Communications
    (514) 283-6363 or 1-800-567-0890