Last night at The Carlu in downtown Toronto the fifth annual Canadian Videogame Awards were held, hosted by the wonderfully funny and charming Mark Meer (Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect trilogy). This was a unique year for the traditionally annual awards show since not only did it make the coast-to-coast move from Vancouver to Toronto but due to timing, it was host to the awards for both 2013 and 2014 awards. Mostly.
Because the nominations for 2014's finalists were due in mid-November, several of the year's largest games didn't quality, leaving Canadian-made Assassin's Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Far Cry 4 out of the running entirely. For unknown reasons, Electronic Arts had no games listed a among the initial nominations either despite their strong mobile and EA Sports presence in Canada.
The event itself however, succeeded without a hitch, produced beautifully by Carl-Edwin Michel. Meer and the series of presenters from EP Media, Canadian developers and video game actors (including Elias Toufexis, Jennifer Hale, Kate Drummond, and Roger Craig Smith) kept things moving quick and smoothly despite there being twice the amount of awards to give out.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag took home the most awards for 2013 and Child of Light led the pack in 2014 for another strong showcase by Ubisoft.
2013 Award Winners
Below is an image from Ubisoft's table after the show.
The 2014 CVAs were live-streamed on Twitch and will be broadcast on G4 Canada November 29th at 6pm, 9pm and 12am and Sunday, November 30th at 2pm, 7pm and 11pm. For full event information visit: www.canadianvideogameawards.com or follow along on Facebook or Twitter (#CanadianVideogameAwards).
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