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)!
friends of tojam
Ontario Creates, 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. Ontario Creates 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.
Uken builds games that people everywhere love. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Jeopardy! World Tour are the top 2 trivia games, engaging millions of global players every month. Uken's team are data driven designers, technologists, and artists. Through collaboration, they pair the craft of design with feedback and data to deliver a pace and rhythm in each game session that immerses our audience and leaves them wanting more. Uken has a quirky, nerdy culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, quality ideas, and a data driven mindset. They believe in moving quickly and improving constantly and that mantra is reflected in the weekly updates they make to our games and internal technologies. Uken has an appetite for pushing technical boundaries but with a focus on practical use.
Uken takes entertainment seriously.
The jam wouldn't be what it is today without George Brown College's continued support, including its amazing space, top-notch machines + monitors, Internet, electricity, security, and so much more! While we can't be there in person this year we always appreciate the warm welcome they give us. 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. Special thanks to JP Amore for his trust, flexibility, and time - and Luigi Ferrara for his ongoing enthusiastic support.
SideFX returns as a TOJam Sponsor and offers game jammers a FREE 2-month Houdini Indie license to use before, during, and after the game jam! You can request a temporary license here.
The Mixed-Reality Capture Studio (MRC Studio) is a group of experts within Durham College dedicated to the application of real-time graphics technology. The studio offers organizations access to technical expertise and research teams, as well as a wealth of infrastructure such as state-of-the-art motion capture stages, virtual reality equipment, 3d scanning solutions, and computing power. Collaborations result in more innovative games and experiential applications by integrating technologies to create solutions that increase productivity and growth. The MRC Studio is always on the lookout for new industry partners and projects, so get in touch today!
Ontario Game Testers is your local game QA & playtesting company. Our simple and effective testing method has been developed specifically for the needs of indie studios. Our boutique approach means quick turnarounds, direct communication, and personalized approaches to meet your needs. Get in touch today and find out how easy it is to get the testing your game needs.
For TOJam, we're offering 10% off your first month of testing.
Capy (short for Capybara Games) is a Toronto-based independent game studio and a long-time participant / supporter of TOJam. Capy has developed several award-winning games including Grindstone, Sword & Sworcery EP, BELOW, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, and Super TIME Force (which was conceived at TOJam 6). Capy loves game jams and all the fine folks who take part in them.
Drinkbox Studios is an independent Toronto-based video game developer. Founded in 2008, Drinkbox is best known for the award winning Guacamelee! series, and their recently released action RPG, Nobody Saves the World. 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
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.
Fractal Phase is a longtime supporter of TOJam and finds it to be a magical thing, a meeting of time and place, where games both awe-inspiring and endearingly questionable are born. It would also like to thank TOJam's organizers and volunteers, who awaken yearly from their abyssal slumber in Lake Ontario to bequeath its participants handsome feasts of pizza and candy - it is the best jam on the planet.
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!
Level Curve is a collective of composers, sound designers, and audio technicians based in Toronto and Vancouver, who specialize in producing sound effects and music for interactive art, media, video games and virtual reality experiences. If you are looking for an audio specialists who understand video game pipelines, assets, and customized implementations, these are your guys! They have worked on numerous, award-winning titles and are committed to finding their clients that perfect sound and music to complement their working titles. Special thanks to Creative Director of Level Curve, 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.
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!
Toronto Gaymers is Toronto's original LGBTQ+ social group for geeks and gamers of all stripes. The group started in 2007 from GayGamer.net's discussion forums as a semi-annual gathering in downtown Toronto. The group has since evolved into a safe space for LGBTQ+ people and their allies to express their passion for geek and gaming culture, including board games, trading card games, PC and console games, cosplay, anime and more. Through our monthly social gaming events, we support local businesses and strengthen our community.