Canadian Video Gaming Industry Surges Amidst Pandemic Lockdowns


In sharp contrast to the dimly lit scenario elsewhere in the bustling retail world, the Canadian video gaming industry recently underwent an astounding surge in sales. This unexpected economic upwards swing has been largely attributed to the lockdown measures triggered by the global pandemic, causing individuals to seek indoor leisure activities and digital escapism.

Video game sales for the month of March reportedly skyrocketed to an impressive $1.6 billion. This figure represents a notable 20% year-on-year increase compared to the same period in previous years. The lockdown, heralded as an unexpected boon for the gaming industry, instigated a new wave of digital consumerism while keeping people entertained within the safety of their homes. From vintage enthusiasts to modern gamers, the demand for this engaging pastime stretched across all age groups and demographics.

Meanwhile, in an innovative and intelligent response to the booming video game demand, Canadian companies have accelerated their pace in developing immersive video games. Emerging players and seasoned giants in the industry alike have pursued more exceptional and relatable content, challenging the traditional norms and raising the bar. They are including local stories, traditions, and folklore, in their newest releases, subtly nurturing a strong connection between culture, community, and gaming.

However, video games are not the only digital domain reaching new heights in demand. At West Island Blog, we have noted a similar pattern of growth reflected in another form of digital entertainment – online casinos. The sector stands tall amidst the digital entertainment realm, coursing a parallel line with the gaming industry and experiencing a momentous surge during these unprecedented times.

Our comprehensive research on this page highlights the top online casinos for the month, tapping into the natural human propensity for thrill, risk, risk, and reward. This surge of interest in online gaming has thus inevitably spilled over into the world of virtual casinos. As many of us remain housebound, Canadians from coast to coast are exploring the digital thrills offered by online casinos.

We live in an era of rapid digital evolution. As the physical world gradually melds with its digital counterpart, entertainment mediums such as video gaming and online casinos continue to evolve in response. As we adapt to current circumstances, these sectors have proven not only to be resilient but remarkably progressive, embracing the seismic shifts of our lives with near-future optimism.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.


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