In the incredibly well-connected Canadian city of Toronto, the internet has taken over entertainment. From streaming shows and movies through Prime Video and Netflix to a new streaming-based form of entertainment and engagement, the online-based method of sending and consuming content has taken over.
Now, Toronto’s further advancement into the new age of internet connectivity has already begun. In March this year, Rogers switched on the nation’s first live 5G network in downtown Toronto, slowly commencing an age of seemingly unlimited online potential. However, even on the current plateau of widespread internet, the relatively demanding medium of streaming has still been able to transform one of the most prominent forms of entertainment.
While Canada, as a whole, has seen its gaming scene transformed under the influence of streaming, the impact has been particularly noticeable in Toronto, where the population is much larger than any other Canadian city.
Going pro with streaming opportunities
The widespread use of video game streaming, both from uploaders and viewers, was pivotal in allowing eSports to come into being. Without streaming proving to be so popular in this space, eSports may not even exist in its present $1 billion-industry form. Several games have become the focus of streaming on the popular platform Twitch, including Counter-Strike, Overwatch, Fortnite, and League of Legends, with Canadians from all over finding fame through these games.
Streamers and professional gamers like Mike ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek, Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, Sonja ‘OMGitsfirefoxx’ Reid, Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, and Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang, have all put Canada on the map in the new world of game streaming. Representing Toronto, Caroline ‘lilchiipmunk’ has become a huge name in streaming thanks to her diamond rank play on League of Legends and her affinity for cosplay. Not only are these Canadians making the most of this exciting new space of entertainment, but they’re also delivering home-grown content to the audience in Toronto.
Offering an immersive experience through advanced streaming
One of the many reasons behind the surging popularity of streaming as a part of gaming entertainment is its ability to connect people in real-time. Despite the physical divide, people can watch games unfold as a community while conversing and commenting. However, one form of gaming has taken this benefit to a new level, applying novel technology to make the live streams interactive and playable as a form of gaming.
Sourced by the Canadian online gaming platform Wildz, live casino games have been created with the sole purpose of blurring the lines between playing games in a casino hall and playing them online. Through the enhanced live streaming technology, not only can gamers watch the events unfold, but they can also place bets and receive winnings in real-time. The popularity of the live games has led to Wildz adding a great range of games, from classic table games like roulette and blackjack, to innovative new game show titles like Deal or No Deal and Monopoly Live.
Canada now being utilised for its streaming savvy
As shown, streaming has become a new form of entertainment, has allowed Canadians to showcase their skill to the world, and has even enhanced classic games to brand new heights. Next, video game streaming looks to become a reality across cities like Toronto. Project xCloud is the ambitious effort from Microsoft to create a viable video game streaming platform where any device can stream and play the biggest console games. As a part of its public preview, Canada was selected among the few countries for the platform’s soft launch.
Gaming used to mean sitting down and playing on a console or computer. Now, in Toronto, it can mean a vast range of different experiences thanks to the connectivity of the city and the power of streaming.