Jaime Woo

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Jaime Woo is a Canadian writer, game designer, and festival director.

His book, Meet Grindr, was released in February 2013 and examines the popular and mildly infamous app’s journey to five million users worldwide who, on average, spend an hour and a half a day checking each other out, and collectively send over two billion messages a year.

The book was featured in the New York Times and NPR, and called “impressive” by Kirkus Reviews.

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Jaime is also the festival director and co-founder of Gamercamp, an annual festival in toronto celebrating video games. In its fifth year, Gamercamp will occur November 1 - 3, 2013.

His physical game Gargoyles has been played around the world. It was selected to be part of the 2011 Indiecade big games program in Los Angeles, the 2012 Come Out and Play festival in New York City, and the 2012 Hide and Seek festival in London, UK.

He is also the curator of “For All Gamers’ Sake,” an interactive art show examining queerness and gender in videogames.

He has spoken at the influential SXSW interactive conference, as well as for organizations such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Rotman School of Business (at the University of Toronto), North by Northeast interactive, and the Toronto chapter of the International Game Developers Association.

He has been featured and interviewed on programs such as New York Times, BBC News, NPR’s On The Media, CBC’s Here and Now, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and Metro Morning, Space’s Innerspace, the syndicated program Electric Playground, Financial Post, Globe and Mail, Metro Toronto, xtra, Fab, In Toronto, and the AV Club.

He is on twitter @jaimewoo

Contact him at jaime@jaimewoo.com


Selected Media Appearances

My segment on BBC News explaining Grindr.


Sometimes, I attract attention without meaning to do so. I moan when eating delicious food, and nearby patrons can’t resist asking what I’m having. It’s not a full-blown When Harry Met Sally moment, but I love eating alone because it affords devoting my attention to the food—to have an intense conversation with the meal, to consider each bite.

My latest at The Grid on life as a proud solo diner.


Part of what makes Pride—and pride—in our city so special is the variety of events catering to a wide range of interests. The majority of events occur in the two most established queer cultural areas—Church Wellesley Village and West Queen West—but as Toronto approaches its hosting duties for World Pride in 2014, we hope to soon see celebrations from High Park to the Beaches as a physical representation of our citywide inclusive attitudes.

My latest at the AV Club Toronto on Toronto’s Pride 2012 celebrations


The same streak of independence that audiences love about Paula Deen and her rebellious fried butter also provides the wind for her to turn around and shill for pharmaceutical companies: in both instances, darned if she didn’t do it her way! Being confronted with our futility to snacking enrages us. All those times we chided ourselves for lacking self-control, it turns out the game was rigged.

— My latest at the Toronto Standard (see all) on how the food game can be rigged.


The shift to interactive makes sense. Who hasn’t had their interest piqued by something in a documentary and immediately pulled up Wikipedia to learn more? An interactive documentary can fold in the expanded threads so that users can pause the film and dive more in-depth, perhaps by providing additional relevant links or attaching supplemental photos and videos on a subject.

— My latest at Yonge St (see more) about the progressive work happening at the NFB on interactive documentaries.