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    Eric's passion and voice for the video game sector HAD to be heard in The Zone... see more

    Source: TheZone.fm
    Author: Jon Williams

    Talking Victoria’s video game industry with Eric Jordan

    I first met Eric Jordan at the Discover Tectoria event in Crystal Gardens last year. The Boss said I was going to broadcast The Midday Zone from the event for four hours, and good luck trying to meet all the amazingly talented people that will be gathered there.

    He was right! What an amazing event, that I might add is completely free to attend. Discover Tectoria is a one-day exposition of more than 70 Greater Victoria technology firms and research agencies [which is this February 24th].

    Eric Jordan is the head of Codename Entertainment. Doesn’t he look good in that kilt :).

    His passion and voice for the video game sector had to be heard in The Zone. So as we approach the Discover Tectoria 2017 event, I had to get him in for a chat about his world, and how others can get involved in it.

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    Here’s our natter.

    With regard to our chat, here is some further information that Eric sent me...

    Student Work Experience Program Details
    Runs: April – May 2017
    Each week placement will run Mon – Thur.
    Hours will be 9:30 am – 3 pm
    Open to grade 11 and 12 students only.
    Details HERE.

    Tsukino Con – this is an anime convention at UVic on Feb 17-19. Eric will be moderating a panel discussing working in the video game industry.
    Details HERE.

    LANTasy is a local gaming convention that takes place at Perks Arena on Mar 18-19. There will be a panel discussing working in the video game industry, plus there will be a booth which once again showcases various facets of the industry in Victoria. Details HERE.

    In terms of local resources that folks can check out, Eric suggests IGDA Victoria. This is the local chapter of the International Game Developer Association. They have regular events (several a month), plus 2 big game jams a year: Global Game Jam and OrcaJam. Details HERE.

    In terms of tech stats, according to VIATEC’s 2014 Economic Impact Study, tech in greater Victoria has $3.15 billion in annual revenues from 884 local tech companies which employee a total of 15,000 people, plus another 8,000 people who work to support the tech industry or in tech focused jobs in other industries. Details HERE.

    Recently (last week), C Stat’s released their “Profile of the British Columbia Technology Sector: 2016 Edition”. This showed that for the first time the total number of people working in technology has exceeded 100,000 (which is more than the employment of all natural resources combined). Combined tech revenue reached a new record of
    $26.3 billion and the tech industry average salary is 75% more than the average BC wage. Details HERE.

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Jon

     

     
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    Atomic Vaudeville is bringing back their rendition of the Rocky Horror Show: Live Oct 19-29 see more

    On the B-Side: Midnight Movies, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Bat Wings!

    In 2005, a documentary was released called “Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream” (click here for a clip). It explored the anything-goes era of 1970s cult films and their continuing influence on pop culture and modern society.

    While this activity is a thing of the past, local group Atomic Vaudeville is bringing back their rendition of the Rocky Horror Show: Live from Oct 19th to 29th at the Metro Studio...

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    Dive into the history of the Zone’s Band of the Month and some of the bands that got their start... see more

    On the B-Side: The Zone's Band of the Month

    Dan Gunn was in San Fran just 4 days before the US election and was feeling a bit Canadian-home-sick. While checking out the Struts at the Fillmore he learned they’re originally from the UK and had to go to the US to get noticed. This got him thinking how great musicians have it in Victoria thanks to the Zone’s Band of the Month program that’s been running for 14 years.

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    Originally a well-known bartender from Australia, Shawn Soole found his way to Victoria after... see more

    On the B-Side: The Aussie that created Victoria's Cocktail Culture

    Shawn Soole's eye for detail, skillful hands, professional palate and knowledge in spirits has led him to new endeavours… starting S2 Hospitality Concepts where he has redesigned Cafe Mexico, Japanese Village and helped launch Clarke Shane’s vision with the new Clarke & Co. (interior, signage, menus – the works). Oh, and he’s also turned Cafe Mexico into one of the world’s largest Mezcal bars!

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