The Interactive Society of Nova Scotia (ISNS) was formed in October 2017, to advocate for interactive and video game development and foster collaboration within the industry in Nova Scotia. According to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC), over 300 people are employed in 20 studios around the province, making it the 4th largest provincial game development industry in Canada. ISNS members are committed to the further development of the industry in Nova Scotia, hiring graduates from local Universities and Colleges, and working to promote high standards of relevant education. In addition to its advocacy and educational outreach work, the ISNS also organizes events to foster collaboration within the Nova Scotia game developer community.
The Interactive Society of Nova Scotia strives to grow and strengthen the interactive entertainment industry in Nova Scotia, by fostering a collaborative environment and advocating for its members.
- We create and promote activities aimed at fostering a greater role for the interactive media, game, and animation industries;
- We participate in forums affecting policy-making and provincial budgets; acting as an advocate for expanding the interactive media, game, and animation industries;
- We sponsor research aimed at analysis to improving professional development in the interactive media, game, and animation industries;
- We recognize our member’s outstanding contributions to the field of game development and animation;
- We offer conferences, networking activities, publications and communication networks designed to leverage the successful efforts of individuals and studios in order to promote the collective advancement of interactive media, game, and animation industries in Nova Scotia;
- We bridge the gap between academic research and industry application, via mentorships, fellowships, game jams, and lecture engagements.