Edmonton Direct is a celebration of game development and games culture in Edmonton. Edmonton Direct is:


A YouTube Premiere

May 5, 2021 at 6 PM MDT


An Esports Competition

Sign-Up Here on Smash.gg for May 15 & 16, 2021


A Mini-Conference with Speakers, Panels, and Talks

Watch Live on Twitch.tv on May 15 & 16, 2021


  • Renowned speakers, panels & guests: Celebrating the Mass Effect Legendary Remaster, a chat with Trent Oster of Beamdog, AAA and indie game developers, a message from His Worship, Mayor Don Iveson, and much more!
  • Free esports competitions with prizes: Sign up for 23 tournaments including: Super Smash Bros, Rock, Paper, Scissors, Tetr.io and many more!
  • A look at the thriving Edmonton video games ecosystem: Make sure to tune into the video or catch up on our YouTube channel to see what’s upcoming in games from Edmonton and what you might have missed.
  • Incredible student game dev talent: We’ll be showing off the hard work of the University of Alberta students and handing out the coveted “Game of the Year” award on May 15, starting at 5 PM.


About the event

The Edmonton Screen Industries Office and the Alberta Esports Association are excited to present an online experience that showcases games and game development in Edmonton. Comprised of two parts, Edmonton Direct is a video and an event. The video premiering May 5th, 2021 at 6:00 PM MDT highlights games and games culture made in Edmonton, while the event brings industry speakers, diverse panels and esports competitors together to show off Edmontonian talent. To RSVP for the live premiere of the video click here.

The event portion will be held on May 15 and 16 on twitch.tv/esportsalberta. For those interested in competing, follow the registration link through our smash.gg widget or head directly to smash.gg/EdmontonDirect.

more information

Trying to determine if you’d like to study game development? We’ve got a panel for that. Looking at exploring indie development? Panels galore. Want to hear about the latest and greatest from the AAA studios in Edmonton? We’ve got you covered. Don’t forget to tune in for prizes and giveaways throughout the event as well as the display of some amazing content from students at the University of Alberta.


In addition to a wide range of esports tournaments and related wellness programming, there will be speakers and panels featuring local developers from BioWare, Improbable, Beamdog, independent studios and post-secondary institutions. The awards ceremony for the University of Alberta’s Certificate in Computer Game Development will be held at 5 PM MDT on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Find out more about this program by clicking here.


The intention of Edmonton Direct is to unify, bring visibility to and celebrate Edmonton and its gaming communities through a single all-encompassing gaming-focused event. In 2021, Edmonton Direct will be an online event but we look forward to bringing more gaming content to the city and province in the future for in-person programming.

About the hosts

The Edmonton Screen Industries Office (ESIO) has partnered with the Alberta Esports Association (AESA) to produce Edmonton Direct.


The ESIO was established in 2017 and is a non-profit society that serves all Edmonton Metro region screen media, inclusive of film, television and interactive digital media. Its mission is to catalyze the development, growth and sustainability of companies, entrepreneurs and craftspeople in the Edmonton Metro region screen media industries.


AESA is a non-profit organization founded in 2020 and established as the governing body for provincial esports within Alberta. AESA is building Alberta’s esports industry with a community-driven approach to foster the growth of local communities, create opportunities for player excellence, and foster career pathways for long-term industry success.


Please contact [email protected] for any inquiries or further information.