Canada’s game development industry is one of the largest in the world, the third-largest to be precise. Major developers such as Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and Bioware all have studios in the Great White North employing thousands of people. To make things even better, the industry is expanding, constantly,
which means more jobs and more demand is being created every year. British Columbia has 152 gaming companies and Ontario has 171, and the latter has created over 8,000 jobs in Canada since 2015! Now, the plot begins to thicken. Canada is losing a lot of their own gaming and development talent to US based companies, creating a significant gap in the labour market. For the life of us, we don’t understand why. Salaries are on par and to be honest, Canada is significantly more beautiful. So companies are looking abroad, and wouldn’t you know it, they are sourcing talent from around the world. If you want to live and work in Canada, a job in the gaming industry means permanent residency in Canada could be yours in less than a year.
For the guys and girls in charge of making sure all the fingers on the hand are working in sync, an average salary of $91,200 awaits. Most of the bigger developers ask for three years of experience which won’t be tough to accumulate with fledgling companies, of which there are very many in Canada. The best thing you can do to impress in an interview is have an in depth knowledge of various gaming engines, software engines and a couple of passion projects under your belt.
Toeing the line between technical constraints and artistic direction is always a tough one. Video game artists are highly valued and well paid, with the highest demand in Toronto, Ontario. The average salary for a is $90,272 a year.
The footsoldiers of the gaming industry, programmers with experience are in very high demand. An average annual salary of $82,500 is waiting at a company that will likely treat you much better than any in the USA or Japan. Quality of life is what you want to think about. Living in Canada means access to hiking and mountain bike trails less than an hour from your house, it means lower costs of living and a less crowded environment. We encourage you to try it for yourself.
Great games have great storylines and dialogue, and for that developers hire teams of highly skilled writers to translate their vision into reality.There are the boring elements such as copywriting and the hours of rewrites, but nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment in seeing your work play out in the finished product. Shout out to Last of Us. Average game writer salaries in Canada are around $54,600.
Game Development Tester
Contrary to most teenagers long held beliefs, there is a lot more to being a game tester than sitting in a beanbag chair playing the latest and coolest titles all day. Technically, most of it is doing just that (I mean why shouldn’t we brag), but it’s more of a ‘how the sausage is made’ sort of job, you’re not playing an awesome finished project. You’re driving quality goals and providing constructive feedback, a vital part of the game development process. Average salaries in Canada run around $30,225 a year. Be ready for long hours and stressful deadlines, but hey, that’s why we do it.