In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) | ESAC is the voice of Canada’s entertainment software industry. It works on behalf of its member companies so that Canada remains a great place to innovate, create, and publish video games.
Entertainment Software Association (ESA) | ESA is the voice of America’s video game industry. It facilitates information and communications support to help its members promote the American video game industry, their products, and the positive impact that video games can have on society.
TIP: Use ASAE Gateway to Associations Directory to search for an association by name, interest area, or international geographic location (including Canada and BC). You can also search using a combination of various fields.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
Gamasutra | Video Game magazine known for providing online resources for aspiring and professional game developers.
Game Developer | Premier magazine providing technical and industry information for video game creators in the entertainment industry. Ceased publication in 2013.
IND13 | Video game magazine with a focus on independent game development. Ideal for independent video game developers and fans of independent games that want the latest news and articles related to independent gaming, businesses, start ups and more.
MCV | UK trade magazine that focuses on the business aspects of the video game industry. MCV caters to a wide audience including indie game developers, retailers, and video game studios.
Full Indie | Volunteer organization by and for independent game developers working in Vancouver, BC. Ideal for independent developers looking for access to local talent, contacts, and resources, as well as a constructive feedback from peers.
MaRS | MaRS supports 1,200 Canadian science and tech companies by facilitating access to tailored resources for every stage of their growth. It is an ideal website for individuals seeking anything from advisory services to connections to talent, capital, and customers.
- Start here: MaRS Library – Digital Gaming Resources
PocketGamer | Video game website that focuses on mobile, portable, and handheld games. Provides industry news and insights on mobile gaming.
PwC Canada | Global consultancy firm that produces reports on the state of various industries.
Vault Industry Profiles | A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
- Start here: Computer and Video Game Design
TIP: As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.