Fun and games are serious business.

The gaming industry is growing up fast, and is generating impressive revenues and fascinating job opportunities for certain IT professionals who are young at heart.

In Canada, video games sales were $245 million by the third quarter of 2004, up 19 per cent compared with the previous year, according to market research by Toronto-based ACNielsen Canada.

About 10,000 people are employed in gaming software development Canada-wide, with two major hotbeds of 3,000 each in Vancouver and Montr

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