“Great! I have a match!” Jenny thought gleefully while checking her dating application. It was part of her morning ritual: she wakes up, does her yoga, drinks a cup of green tea and checks her phone to see what’s new. Today started like any other, however, she felt that something was off but she couldn’t pinpoint what that was. Probably just a feeling. For a police detective such as herself, this gut feeling meant more as it saved her multiple times over the years
Why is Canada so attractive for game developers?
This is a questions asked by many whether from within the video game industry or from bystanders noticing how popular this entertainment is. There are several reasons as to why so many game companies either are created from scratch in that environment or coming from elsewhere in the country or abroad. The most convincing example is definitely Ubisoft. Before coming in Montréal, Québec, they were in few parts of France, mainly Paris and Montpellier (in the South where Rayman was created). Then in 1997, something happened. They were convinced by a smart lobbyist to expand in Canada. Meanwhile, that same lobbyist managed to convinced the Québec government to help the French company with some tax incentives. The rest is history. However, what makes Canada so attractive for game development goes way beyond money. It absolutely helps but it can’t be only that and it’s not.
Black innovator from Canada: Carl-Edwin Michel
When I arrived in Canada more than 10 years ago, I wasn’t in Montréal right away. I was in a small city called Sainte-Adèle located in the Laurentians. It’s a beautiful place although I couldn’t help but feel a little bit isolated. Not only was I a young Frenchman treading upon Canadian soil for the first time, I was also one of the few person of colour in town. When I moved to Montréal the next year, it was different. It’s a big city and therefore much more diverse than a smaller one. This is multiculturalism at its finest whatever some may think about it. However, back then, TV programs in Québec were rather unicolour if you catch my drift. I didn’t feel represented that much.
“I’m going to need a bigger bag”
Here I am at the bank, again, cashing in my winnings. I dressed as inconspicuously as possible. Although, I feel like everyone is looking at me right now. Maybe is it because of my sunglasses while it’s well lit inside and pouring rain outside, I don’t know. I guess it’s near-miss/10 for this look then. Anyway, while the cashier brings over my $20,000 in cash as I requested for the first time, I prepare some space in my purse and I see my little black book. To the untrained eye, it looks like a regular notebook but let me tell you, it’s far more precious. This is how I managed to “make a living” shall we say. I don’t want to call it magic but let’s say it’s a gift from the future. I got it by complete chance. In a way, it was my luckiest day on god’s green earth. It’s the most fascinating story. Hear me out.