Gamercamp Launches Honours Ceremony, Names TOJam Inaugural Honouree

[Toronto, CANADA] Gamercamp has named the Toronto Independent Game Jam the inaugural recipient for its Honours Ceremony.

Thursday, Gamercamp festival director Jaime Woo announced the start of the Gamercamp Honours Ceremony, co-presented by Ubisoft Toronto, to highlight organizations or individuals who have had a significant impact upon the Toronto videogame community. The Toronto Independent Game Jam, in its eighth year, has helped create a foundation for the city's developer scene.

"Eight years ago, Toronto was not well known for making videogames," says Woo. "The Toronto Independent Game Jam helped forge, deepen, and concretize the relationships between people who love creating games."

The volunteer-led Toronto Independent Game Jam (affectionately referred to as TOJam) has grown to over 450 participants at the most recent event in May 2013. A true community event, it has and continues to create fond memories for all involved. "TOJam is really a passion project and requires an intense amount of work that comes and goes in 72 hours," notes Woo. "We really wanted to acknowledge and celebrate the collective effort of all those who help make it happen."

Representing TOJam will be its founders Emilie McGinley, Jim McGinley, Rob Segal, and Nelson Yu. The celebration will include a party Friday November 1 free and open to the public at Hotel Ocho in Toronto featuring a collection of games made at TOJam selected by the organizers. In addition, the ceremony will be held in which the founders will be presented with limited edition prints created by local illustrator Matt Hammill.

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