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The video game sector in PEI consists of seven companies actively developing games primarily for the Apple and Android marketplaces. These companies range from independent studios to multi-national companies with headquarters in other parts of the world. Companies in PEI have attracted developers from around the world to work on games such as The Simpson's Tapped Out, Super Monkey Ball, Trade Nations, and Mortal Kombat.

PEI is home to two post secondary education institutes with programs geared specifically to video game training. The University of Prince Edward Island offers a Specialization in Video Game Development, while Holland College offers a two year diploma program in Video Game Art and Anitmation. 

Game Force

Game Force

Through the use of Game Maker and Unity 3D, junior and senior high students learn the fundamentals of 2D and 3D video game development, including story boarding, level design, animations, sound effects, scene creation and scripting. Since its inception in November of 2006, the Game Force program has been delivered in a number of Island schools and other Island locations with huge success. It is seen as a feeder program to get students interested in developing video games as a career option. 

IT Garage

IT Garage is a program that provides internships to unemployed or underemployed IT professionals. The interns work to develop a business application or a mobile video game. In doing so, the interns gain more project-based expertise and make new connections and open potential career paths. Upon completion of the program, the interns demo their products to members of the industry. Some of the interns go into business for themselves while others get picked up by the local market. 


UPEI Specialization in Video Game Development

The Video Game Programming Specialization is built into a major in computer science. This is a four year, Bachelor of Science program follows the normal course of study for a computer science student during their first two years, taking a few of the video gaming courses as electives. At the end of year two, interested students may apply for acceptance into the specialization. If accepted, the next two years are a challenging submersion into the nuts and bolts world of video game creation. Working with academic staff and industry mentors, students will learn the process of creating video games from initial idea to finished product. Students will have access to state of the art equipment and the latest industry products. At the same time, students will have to complete the normal requirements for a major in computer science. 

Holland College

Holland College Video Game Art and Animation Program

The two year Video Game Art & Animation Diploma Program is designed to prepare students for a career in the art department of a video game developer, The first year covers the basics of art production for video games. Traditional drawing skills are taught alongside the latest software techniques. The second year incorporates technical aspects needed to integrate art assets into a video game production pipeline.