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 the company website at: 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.
This is the NINTH consecutive year that TOJam has been held at George Brown College. The jam wouldn't be what it is today without the College's continued support, including its amazing space, top-notch machines + monitors, Internet, electricity, security, and so much more! Check out their Game - Programming, Digital Design - Game Design, and Game - Art programs, which offer an intensive, industry-focused, learning experience that produces amazing graduates 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.
Sinking Ship Entertainment is a multiple Emmy Award winning production, distribution and interactive company specializing in kids' live action CGI blended series. Since its launch in 2004, Sinking Ship has produced over 500 hours of content and sold to over 200 countries internationally. The company has rapidly earned a reputation for high quality, ground breaking original series and companion interactive experiences. In 2016, the Kidscreen Hot 50 ranking of all kids' companies in the world listed Sinking Ship Entertainment as #3 in Kids Production, #7 in Kids Distribution and #7 in Kids Interactive. Sinking Ship was also named the #1 Kids Production company in 2016 by Playback Magazine Canada. Overall, the company has won 12 Daytime Emmy Awards and a variety of other international awards, including Canadian Screen Awards, Youth Media Alliance Awards, Fan Chile Awards, Parents Choice Awards, the Shaw Rocket Prize, and the Prix Jeunesse International. The Toronto-based company is home to over 125 shipmates and in addition to production operates a VFX and Interactive Studio.
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.
Founded in 2009, Game Hive is a leading developer of mobile games with more than 130 million total downloads to date. We are passionate about making fun and rewarding games for everyone to enjoy. Its most popular games include the Tap Titans, Beat the Boss and Antrim Escape series (and many more!).
CBRE is the world's largest real estate management and investment firm. Its Toronto office, located in the heart of financial district, is committed to meeting and exceeding its client's real estate objectives. CBRE has assisted some video game studios in finding tailor-made work environments that align with the studio's vision and personality, while creating atmospheres that fosters creativity and innovation.
Robby Duguay, who has been an integral part of TOJam in the past few years by dedicating his time and energy in producing and livestreaming TOJam's opening and closing ceremonies.
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.
Morgan McKinley Technology is a specialist tech recruitment business based in Toronto. Founded in Ireland over 30 years ago, the Toronto business was launched in 2017 with a view to connecting extremely niche tech talent with leading employers across Canada. They are considered one of the go to recruitment firms in Toronto when recruiting for emerging tech and software development. Morgan McKinley have the ability to work in partnership with their global office network to increase their candidate' international mobility advantage, giving companies access to both the domestic candidate pool and the best talent in their global database of over one million professionals, drawing on leading professionals from Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore and the UK. Founded in 2009,
Juicy Beast is a tiny independent studio from Montreal focusing on small and quirky games, like Knightmare Tower and Burrito Bison, their most popular titles. Their most recent game, Toto Temple Deluxe, is a frantic local-multiplayer game about keeping a goat on your head, because yes, it originated at TOJam 8!Toto Temple Deluxe is available on PS4, Xbox One and Wii U, and wouldn't have been a thing without TOJam.
Formed in Toronto, Asteroid Base is an independent video game studio founded by three friends; an illustrator, an animator and a particle physicist. Their critically acclaimed co-op game, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.
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.
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.
Studio MDHR is the award winning independent game development studio founded in 2012 by brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer. Working remotely with the most talented artists, musicians, and engineers from across Canada, Studio MDHR focuses on marrying the traditional production techniques of golden era cell animation with cutting edge console and PC gaming technology. Buoyed by the success of its 2017 Xbox One and PC debut title, the 1930's inspired action game Cuphead, Studio MDHR believes in putting the gameplay first, pushing precision game design and player-first responsiveness through a lens of hand made artistry and physical production.
Capybara Games is a Toronto-based independent video game studio, and a long-time participant and supporter of TOJam. Capy has developed several award-winning games, including: Sword & Sworcery EP, Critter Crunch, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, Super TIME Force (which was conceived at TOJam 6) and OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes. Capy is currently developing the highly anticipated adventure game, Below, for the PC and Xbox One, which is set to be released in 2018.
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!
Phantom Compass is an award-winning Ontario game development studio making games for consumers and for clients. Founded in 2008, Phantom Compass is best known for its pinball role-playing game Rollers of the Realm.
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.
Bootdisk Revolution is an independent video game studio formed in Toronto, consisting of ONE developer that draws all of the art, codes all of the gameplay and composes all of the music and sounds. It is best known for its action platformer Bleed and, its sequel, Bleed 2 (both released on the PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch).
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!
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 recently shipped Far Cry 5 in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal. At E3 2017, Ubisoft Toronto announced its first new IP, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, an all-new, action-adventure game where players assemble customizable controller-mounted starships and launch into epic, interplanetary adventures. The studio shipped its first lead production, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® Blacklist™, to critical acclaim in 2013 and has contributed to multiple award-winning Ubisoft brands including: Assassin's Creed®, Far Cry®, Watch Dogs®, and For Honor™.
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.
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!