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Game On

Seneca College partnership with Mozilla makes online gaming more interactive

Canada’s video game development industry is the world’s third-largest, contributing $2.3 billion to the country’s GDP in 2013. While video game consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s Playstation are the standard for gamers, Mozilla, the company behind popular web browser Firefox, is working to make the online gaming experience richer.

Mozilla’s open access platform lets students at Seneca College contribute their own ideas to help make Firefox more interactive by bringing console-like features to the web so that gamers have the ability to use a mouse for navigating 3D environments with dynamic sound effects, for example. Their innovations have helped keep Mozilla on the leading edge of the highly competitive web browser space by producing animated graphics within Firefox and, most recently, developing a new file sharing system similar to Dropbox and Google Drive.

“Partnerships like the one we have with Seneca give us a tremendous amount as an organization,” says Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation. “We’ve had new ideas we never would have imagined because Dave [Humphrey, Seneca College professor]’s basically got a lab full of young people who are trying to solve some of our most cutting-edge problems.”

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