A Growing Cluster
Interactive digital media has exploded out of Nova Scotia’s creative community in recent years. One contributor is Nova Scotia's offering as one of the most cost-competitive jurisdictions for video game development in North America and Europe. There are also industry-leading digital media and animation tax credits creating significant cost savings for companies producing interactive games and animation.
As as result, Nova Scotia's famous technical and creative, post-secondary education institutions are offering specialized programs and developing a strong workforce in digital media. This sector expansion has resulted in globally recognized digital media in diverse fields such as:
- Console video games (Xbox One, and PS4)
- Mobile games (iOS & Android)
- VR & AR interactive experiences
- VR Cinematography
- Military simulations
- Animated movies and TV shows
Partnerships and associations
Nova Scotia's video game industry currently employs approximately 400 people in more than 20 studios, and the Nova Scotia Game Developers Association plays a major part in its growth. Not only do they advocate for video game development and foster collaboration within the industry, they also hire graduates from local universities and colleges, and work to promote high standards of relevant education.
Ubisoft's Mobile Game Hub
Ubisoft Halifax is a new member of the Mobile family, working with studios that have brought you award-winning titles like CSI: Hidden Crimes, Trials Frontier, and Hungry Shark.
Nova Scotia's strategic location between Europe and North America offers more than just physical infrastructure. It also boasts some of the world's best internet connections to both Europe and the eastern US, thanks to Hibernia Atlantic's network of sub-sea cables.