All the free food, drink, prizes, and happiness is no accident. It's provided entirely by our generous sponsors who allow us to punch above our weight. Take a minute to read about the amazing things they do (besides supporting us)!
Founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, Digital Extremes ranks as one of the world's top independent development studios in the interactive entertainment industry. The Canadian-based developer has a rich history in developing some of the industry's top first-person shooter and action games including co-creation of Epic Games' Unreal® franchise, Dark Sector®, The Darkness® II and work on the BioShock® series to name a few. Having developed its own proprietary technology, the Evolution Engine™, the studio currently develops and self-publishes the Free-to-Play action hit, Warframe® available now on PC, Steam, PS4™ and Xbox One. For more information about Digital Extremes, visit their company website.
Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of Ontario's Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, is the central catalyst for developing the province's cultural media cluster and focuses on the book, film, television, interactive digital media, magazine and music industries. OMDC promotes and enhances each of these industries by creating investments and jobs to facilitate original content creation to grow Ontario into an internationally recognized jurisdiction to invest in, create, produce and enjoy original cultural media products.
8 YEARS! That's how long George Brown College has held TOJam. The jam wouldn't be what it is today without their continued support, including an amazing space, top-notch machines + monitors, Internet, electricity, security, and so much more! Check out their Game Development, Game Programming, and Game Design programs, which offer an intensive, industry-focused, learning experience that produces amazing graduates.
Special thanks to JP Amore for his trust, flexibility, and time - and Luigi Ferrara for his ongoing enthusiastic support.
Established in 2010, Ubisoft Toronto is a growing and diverse team on a collective mission to create what's next in AAA open world games. The studio shipped its first lead production, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® Blacklist™, to critical acclaim in 2013. Since then, the Toronto team has contributed to multiple award-winning Ubisoft brands including: Assassin's Creed®, Far Cry®, Watch Dogs®, and For Honor™ Currently, Ubisoft Toronto is hard at work on several unannounced projects. In 2017, Ubisoft Toronto was honoured as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, an award secured by the studio for the second year in a row.
Ubisoft Toronto is proud to support TOJam and the local game-making community. It's always an incredibly experience seeing the work of industry professionals and upcoming talent who are passionate about making games.
Asteroid Base is a game studio located in Toronto, Ontario. To date they have released the frantic co-op space-shooter Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime on Xbox One, PS4 and Steam. They have been long time jammers going back to TOJam 2 and made their first game together, Shuriken Skies, at TOJam 6 in 2011.
Toronto-based independent game developer CAPY are best known for games like Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Might & Magic Clash of Heroes, Don't Starve: Shipwrecked and more. They also made Super Time Force, their time-traveling run'n gun platformer, which began life at TOJAM back in the day.
Drinkbox Studios is best known for their downloadable indie games, most notably Mutant Blobs Attack, Guacamelee, and their most recent release Severed. Drinkbox Studios enjoys long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners, and cuddling in front of a warm fire. When playing Monopoly, Drinkbox usually wins first prize in a beauty contest.
Humber's Game Programming advanced diploma program is project-driven and focuses on programming and game engines for the purpose of game development. You will work on team projects using programming tools to develop, test and maintain game applications through the practice of theories of usability, information architecture, network architecture and industry standards of practice. Throughout your study, you will have access to peers in related programs such as Visual and Digital Arts, and Animation - 3D which will allow you to participate in collaborative work and the opportunity to build assets for use in the game development you are undertaking as a programmer.
Metanet Software is a boutique game developer based in Toronto, ON. It was founded in 2001 by Mare Sheppard and Raigan Burns, two multidisciplinary developers who met at University of Toronto. They focus on revisiting the great designs of the past and re-evaluating them from a fresh perspective, making games which are engaging, innovative, intriguing and most importantly: fun. Having just completed the N series of games, which includes N (2004), N+ (2008) and finally N++ (2015), Metanet is currently pursuing new development projects slated for release in the next few years.
In the last 4 years, Prodigy has gone from 3,000 to over 15,000,000 students across North America (including 80% of all Ontario students), and is currently the fastest growing educational startup in North America. By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to help an entire generation of students to LOVE learning math while working alongside some of the brightest and most passionate people in education and gaming.
Reptoid Games is a small game studio based in downtown Toronto.
The Reptoid team has a ton of experience making digital entertainment for human beings of all ages.
Their mission is to make fun games that are worth talking about, sharing with your friends and playing over and over again.
Their current game in progress is Fossil Hunters, an action-adventure game in which you dig deep into a mysterious underground world to uncover fossils and match them together in countless combinations.
Uken Games creates a variety of games across an impressive array of platforms. They are masters of Unity, HTML5, scaleable back-ends, and nurturing a community. They are always interested in speaking with talented game developers, artists and designers. Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, and keep an eye open for jamming Uken employees.
Axess Print is one of the newest members of the TOJam vendor family! Every piece of signage you see around the jam is printed effortlessly by Axess Print, even essential documentation that's used internally by organizers and volunteers. They have over 22 years of experience in the printing and graphic design industry serving Scarborough, Toronto and the G.T.A with quality printing services and maintaining high standards in the printing industry.
Blot Interactive is an independent game developer located in Cambridge, Ontario. They love to transform imagination into reality. Blot Interactive began in 2012 and since their doors opened, they have shaken up the definition of the word 'game'. They appeal to all kinds of players and consumers by crafting powerful, fun and interactive experiences that spread across various devices and platforms.
Every TOJam t-shirt you see at the jam (worn by organizers and volunteers) is made by Chop Shop Goods, which are absolutely fantastic! Chop Shop specializes in creating custom designs (or wicked pre-created designs) on a dime, while ensuring that each product oozes with style and class. They've been our provider since the beginning of time; you'll want something for every day of the week!
FindNext is pleased to support TOJam!
FindNext makes searching the web easier while bringing people together to collaborate and make new human connections.
Use the iOS App to search using multiple engines, chat, and locate new places to explore. Share your newfound knowledge to assist fellow finders, and invite others to the conversation by creating crowds of helpful experts and people who know!
FindNext was founded by TOJam team photographer, Brendan Lynch, and is available now on the App Store.
Search, find, and join the crowd at https://findnext.com today!
Fractal Phase, founded in 2015, is a fine purveyor of free-range, untextured polygons and small-batch vertices based in Toronto, ON. It is currently developing Sky Rogue; a fwooshy, intense, procedurally generated fly-em-up, an homage to 90s flight simulators and unapologetically blue SEGA arcade games. Check out one of the hundreds of workshop mods, such as the Arwing from Starfox, the Swordfish II from Cowboy Bebop, or the Lack coffee table from Ikea.
TOJam is a magical thing, a meeting of time and place where games both awe-inspiring and endearingly questionable are born. Thanks to its organizers and volunteers, who yearly awaken from their abyssal slumber in Lake Ontario to bequeath us handsome feasts of pizza, Chinese food, and candy, it is the best jam on the planet.
In the last 6 years, Good View Chinese Restaurant has provided an amazing buffet for TOJam! It's become one of our signature meals that makes the jam so unique. The quality and variety of food (massive fruit trays!) is astounding, which is all thanks to Carlos, Ginny, and their entire crew. They always manage to deliver our massive-yet-insanely delicious order with a smile and a lot of support. If you need an event catered or you're just looking for a great place to eat in Toronto, look no further!
Marc Visperas does all the incredible posters, name tags, and t-shirt designs for TOJam. His amazing art direction is then used throughout the jam to help create an atmosphere that influences creativity, motivation, and spirit. One day we'll get him to re-do everything here! #graphicdesign&illustration #vectorslut #vectorswag #typographywhiz
Milkbag Games is Matt Rix and Owen Goss, two Canadian game designers and developers, working together to make great games. Based in Hamilton and Guelph, Milkbag made the hit mobile game Disco Zoo, and is currently working on FutureGrind for Steam and PS4. Matt and Owen first started working together at TOJam 6 back in 2011.
Established in 1980, Mill Valley Trophies began as a small, home-based store offering trophies and awards to the local community, along with the area's first computerized engraving system.
We offer customized products on everything from hats and clothing (embroidery), to shirts (vinyl), to mugs and other drinkware (dye sublimation). We also make small signs, and name badges in plastic and metal, and offer both contact and laser engraving. We also laser engrave a variety of wood products and can work with supplied materials.
With our new large format printer, we are now pleased to offer everything from die cut, custom stickers, to automobile vinyl, to removable static posters!
Parker Pad has been our name tag print vendor for many years now! They're an eco-friendly, digital, offset and post press provider, fully equipped to take your project from initial concept to final mailing and distribution. They've been doing this for 70 years, so we know the design is in good hands when we send them a 500+ list of names. All we do is wait by the mailbox until they arrive!
Established in 1987, SideFX is a world leader in the development of advanced 3D animation and special effects software for use in film, TV, commercials, and video games. SideFX has been recognized three times with Scientific and Technical awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
SideFX is the creator of Houdini, which offers digital artists an unprecedented level of power, flexibility and control based on award-winning procedural technology. The comprehensive feature set includes: modeling, rigging, animation, particle effects, dynamics, compositing, integrated rendering and more! Houdini is available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.