Michael Schmalz is the president of Digital Extremes Ltd., a London, Ontario based videogame developer for Nintendo, Xbox, Playstation and PC. Now, in its 28th year, Digital Extremes is a pioneer in the videogame industry having worked on some of sector’s most popular first-person action franchises including BioShock, Halo and Unreal. DE’s most recent game, Warframe, a digitally distributed, original I.P. has attracted more than 50 million users since its launch in 2013 and has become one of the most successful Free-to-Play PC-Console action-adventure games in the industry.
Dr. Schmalz has been responsible for various business development activities including working with government and other game industry leaders to develop programs to help promote the video game industry and helping the company manage its growth. Through 2010 to 2021, Digital Extremes has made Canada’s top 100 employers list as well as being cited as one of the top 10 companies to work for in Canada by the National Post, one of Canada’s top employers for young people by Maclean’s Magazine and receiving the Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures award in 2021. In 2016, Dr. Schmalz was honored as the Ernst & Young Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year in Entertainment and Media.
Dr. Schmalz has a Ph.D. in media studies and a Masters degree in engineering science from the University of Western Ontario to compliment an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is a Certified Professional Accountant, a Chartered Director and a Licensed Professional Engineer. He is also a member of the International Game Developers Association and the Chair of the London Economic Development Corporation.