The finalists for the 2016 Canadian Video Game awards was announced today in twenty categories. The winners will be revealed at the annual event on November 15th at the Palais des Congres in downtown Montreal. Bell and IBM are sponsoring the event.

“Bell is pleased to co-sponsor the Canadian Video Game Awards with IBM and congratulates the 2016 finalists,” said Adel Bazerghi, Senior Vice President, Marketing for Bell Business Markets. “The gaming community increasingly relies on cloud-based services for the development and hosting of the most in-demand interactive applications. “As Canada’s leader in broadband communications investment and innovation, Bell is proud to offer the widest range of secure and reliable data hosting solutions backed by the most advanced broadband network connectivity in the country.”

“The gaming industry continues to push the limit of possibilities”, said Mark Noppe, Vice President IBM Cloud Canada. “At IBM, we are committed to driving innovation. With advanced cognitive and cloud technologies like Watson APIs on Bluemix, IBM is helping developers and gamers to significantly expand performance, increase speed to market and improve scalability that will help spur unique gaming experiences in Canada.”

Over 55 nominations for games released in 2016 were received from all parts of Canada, with -45 games represented in the list of finalists. All awards are for work developed in Canada between November 1, 2015 and November 13, 2016. A body of industry experts from across the country will vote on the winners in each category. Members of the general public can get involved by casting their vote for the Fans’ Choice Awards at http://www.cvawards.ca . Voting will close November 2nd.

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