Canadian video gaming companies set to partner in the Southeast U.S. market – CATA Export Now conference call includes Turner Broadcasting executive
September 12, 2008

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) recently held a partnering opportunities conference call with representatives from Georgia’s videogame software industry. Participants in the call were able to exchange information about needs and capabilities with companies specializing in the publishing, distribution, and marketing of gaming software development. With one of the fastest growing markets in the Southeast U.S. and attractive tax break incentives, Georgia’s industry offers Canadian companies the opportunity to thrive in the industry.

Executives interested in a recording of the call as part of evaluating this Export Now Opportunity should contact Emily Boucher at eboucher@cata.ca with Export Now in the Subject Line.

“CATA is pleased to create matchmaking opportunities between Canadian companies and companies in the Southeast U.S. Our affiliates within the Georgia Gaming Development Association are passionate about their industry and excited to open their market to the talent and skills that abound in Canada’s own gaming industry. Together we see the potential for long-term relationships; there is certainly a great deal of opportunity for companies of all sizes,” says Eli Fathi, President, OrbitIQ and CATA Board Member.

Speakers on the call included:

"The games industry is an increasingly complex ecosystem and multiple partnerships are required to successfully bring games to market," says Scott Simpson CEO of the Canadian company HeadGames. "As both a supplier of game development services through our HeadGames division and a consumer of studio and marketing services through our Playbrain publishing division, we are always looking for new partnership opportunities. We applaud CATA's initiative to foster those types of relationships between companies in Canada, Georgia and elsewhere."

Companies interested in the Southeastern U.S. market will have a chance to learn more about the regional market at the upcoming Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Conference (SEIGE) Oct.  3 – 5 in Atlanta, Georgia. With a motion to push a Canadian-Georgia initiative forward, CATA expects to continue the facilitation of these positive talks during an upcoming conference call with Canadian Trade Commissioners in early October.

For more details on the Export Now call, please contact Emily Boucher at eboucher@cata.ca. For more information on SEIGE please visit www.siegecon.net.