Ubisoft dominates 1st annual Canadian Videogame Awards

Posted by Warren Frey

The Canadian Videogame Awards kicked off their inaugural ceremony last night in high style with the complete history of pixelated awesomeness encapsulated within ten minutes by Video Games Live, a symphonic rendition of game music from the past three decades.

And the enthusiasm didn't wane as tr awards were handed out to Canada's best and brightest game creators. Produced by Greedy Productions president and Electric Playground host Victor Lucas, who also hosted the event, the CVGAs highlighted the cream of the Canadian game developing crop. Amongst the winners were Ubisoft Montreal, who swept the Best Visual Arts, Best Game Design, Best Technology and Best Console Game of 2009 categories for Assassins Creed II. Edmonton-based Bioware wasn't far behind with awards for Best Writing and Game of the Year for Dragon Age: Origins. Toronto's Cabybara Games saw Critter Crunch win for Best Downloadable Game and also took home an award for their work on MIght and Magic: Clash of Heroes, which won Best Handheld Game. Vancouver-based Relic Entertainment's Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 won for Best Audio, and Vancouver was also represented by Rainmaker, who won for Best In-Game Cinematic Sequence for their work on Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Finally, Yaletown's own United Front Games won Most Promising Game for Modnation Racers. 

Company:
BioWare Corp.
Website:
http://www.bioware.com
Location:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company that develops computer and console games. Our published projects include: Shattered Steel, the genre-defining Baldur’s Gate role playing game series, MDK2 for Dreamcast and PC, and MDK2: Armageddon for Playstation2. Recently, BioWare released Baldur’s Gate: Throne of Bhaal, the massive expansion pack to Baldur’s Gate II Shadows of Amn. BioWare’s developers are... more

Company:
United Front Games
Website:
http://www.unitedfrontgames.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, United Front Games was formed in 2007 by former employees of Electronic Arts, Radical Entertainment, Black Box Games, Rockstar, Action Pants, Propaganda Games and Next Level Games. more

Company:
Ubisoft
Website:
http://www.ubi.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Ubisoft is a leading international developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. more

Company:
Rainmaker Entertainment
Website:
http://www.rainmaker.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver based Rainmaker Entertainment is an industry leader in CG animation. Established in 1993, the company has generated more than $300 million dollars in video sales. Rainmaker Entertainment currently employs more than 350 individuals that specialize in everything from modeling and lighting to feature films and character animation. With close to 40-feature length films already complete, each member of the... more


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Warren Frey

Warren Frey

Warren Frey is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster based out of Vancouver, BC. After working for six years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, he switched to print and has since covered varied assignments from plumbing conferences to star-studded film galas. But he’s never lost his love for the internet and interactive media, from his teens when he dived into the WELL on his “Woz”... more



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