Oh what a night indeed, one that saw the Canadian gaming community join forces and put aside their console of choice in order to recognize the great things that we produce right here in our own backyard. Mix in a generous helping of representatives from major Canadian gaming development studios, a number of indy/student and social gaming companies and add a healthy sprinkling of gaming fans tossed if for flavor. It was delicious!!! A major feast for your senses.

Victor Lucas

Victor kicking the night off


Video Games Live played a major part in the nights festivities, treating the audience to the sounds of your favourite games including: Streetfighter II, Mass Effect, Assassins Creed 2 and Tetris (with full opera sing along), Uncharted 2, Halo: Reach, and an amazing Zelda inspired flute solo in full Link costume performed by Laura Intravia.

Shaun Hatton presenting at the CVAwards

Without any further delay here are the big winners from the Canadian Video Game awards:

  • Best Visual Arts: Assassins Creed: Brotherhood – Ubisoft Montreal
  • Best Technology: Kinect
  • Best Downloadable Game: Deathspank – Hothead Games/EA
  • Best Audio: Assassins Creed Brotherhood – Ubisoft
  • Best Writing: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA
  • Best Game On The Go: Osmos for iPad – Hemisphere Games
  • Best Social/Casual Game: Pocket God (for Facebook) – Frima Studio
  • Best Game Design: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA
  • Best Student Developed game:WOMP! Xneh?/Center for Digital Media
  • Best Innovation Award: Modnation Racers – United Front Games/SCEA
  • Best Console Game: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA
  • Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA

Congrats to all the winners and nominees, and thanks to the Electric Playground team for hosting the night and the after event party, and a big thanks to Reboot Conferences for sponsoring our attendance.

Laura and VGL's Tommy Tallarico topped off the show by hosting a sing along of Portal's <em>Still Alive</em>.

A 60-minute special on the Canadian Videogame Awards is scheduled to premiere on G4 Canada on
May 29. The CVA’s are sponsored by in part by Kinect for XBOX 360, G4 Canada, Sony PlayStation,
Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Bioware, EA Sports, Nintendo 3DS, Relic Entertainment, The Georgia Straight
and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

* Photos courtesy of Canadian Video Game Awards.