Ottawa – Ottawa 2017 and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are excited to launch the Canadian Videogame Competition and Expo, which begins today and runs until Saturday.

This Ottawa 2017 Signature Event offers residents and visitors an opportunity to test their gaming skills in a fun and interactive environment, while also learning about new and existing locally-based game companies.

Gamers are invited to join this FREE two-part event:

  • From Monday, November 13 to Friday, November 17, participants have the chance to play the new Super Mario Odyssey in different locations across the city and win prizes from Porter, VIA Rail and Roots. Local gaming companies will also be featured.
  • On Saturday, November 18, participants can compete for a $10,000 prize pool with an open bracket tournament featuring Rocket League and FIFA 18.

Additionally, on November 18, a special expo will highlight locally-based game companies, as well as international game developers. Participants are invited to come and see what local companies are up to and how important Ottawa’s game development industry is on a global scale. They can meet local talent, developers and publishers, plus get the opportunity to play all kinds of new games!

Among the participants:

Fishhead Studios
Nintendo Canada
SkyPyre Studios
Snowed In Studios
Tulip Crush

NEW special feature on the Ottawa 2017 App: FLAPPY GOOSE!

As a nod to the Canadian Videogame Competition and Expo, the team at Bell has designed a uniquely Canadian version of the classic video game Flappy Bird. Users can also check out the new fall filters in the photo booth. To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, powered by Bell, visit: The App Store, Google Play or


“I’m very pleased to have a week of celebrations that showcase the forward-thinking talent and creativity of Ottawa’s technology sector. The Canadian Videogame Competition & Expo is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to get to know these up-and-coming local companies and learn about the impact that they’re having on the gaming industry.”
–– Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa

“Ontario is an incubator of creativity and innovation. The Canadian Videogame Competition & Expo is part of our commitment to encourage and engage our youth – our future leaders. Ontario150 is supporting efforts to remind us how much we, as Ontarians, have to be proud of living in our incredible province, and all that we can and will accomplish working together.”
–– The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport

“The Canadian Videogame Competition and Expo is a celebration of our continued success in the technology industry. I included this component as part of the Ottawa 2017 plan to engage youth and young adults, while showcasing Ottawa as a technology city.”
–– Guy Laflamme, Executive Director and Producer, Ottawa 2017

Ottawa 2017 is thrilled to present this project as one of its Signature Events and thanks our lead partner CIBC, our premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions.

To make this dynamic event happen in locations across the city, Ottawa 2017 is collaborating with Swaf Media, Nintendo Canada, Bell, Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, Ottawa Tourism, the Government of Ontario and Makerspace North.

Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

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