14th November 2013

Pixelmatic Team Hits The Launch Button

pixelmaticFormer Ubisoft, Activision Blizzard, and Relic veterans announce the formation of Pixelmatic, a new social mobile game startup based out of Shanghai and Vancouver. The Pixelmatic team’s experience ranges from creating highly rated multimillion dollar AAA franchises to multimillion user top ranked social games. Pixelmatic’s focus is on creating “true social games” to push the current boundaries of social game conventions. Read the rest of this entry »

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8th November 2013

Final Production Stage Push For WindForge

snowed in studiosSnowed In Studios launched its first Kickstarter campaign on Wednesday, November 6 to raise $50,000 for the final leg in production of its first original title, WindForge. WindForge is a PC game that blends the fun of Minecraft and Terraria, with a RPG shooter. The 30-day campaign will help the studio complete the game and bring it to market in the first quarter of 2014. With 28 days to go in the Kickstarter campaign, WindForge has raised $ 5 897.00 of its $ 50 000.00 goal. Read the rest of this entry »

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28th October 2013

Game Connection Europe 2013 Selected Projects Nominees Revealed

game connection europeGame Connection Europe has unveiled the list of yet unsigned game projects nominated for the prestigious European Selected Projects 2013 Awards. On the morning of 3rd December at the Selected Projects Awards Ceremony, each of the 15 nominees will have 5 minutes to pitch their project in front of all the publishers, distributors and buyers at Game Connection Europe. The jury will then award 2013’s Overall Best Project from amongst the hugely impressive and varied, international array of entries – based on presentation quality, project innovation and market potential. Once the final selection has been made, the winners will be presented with their prizes by official sponsors of the Selected Projects program, Sony XDEV Studio Europe, Microsoft Studios and Namco Bandai Games. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd October 2013

The Secret World Stars In New Feature Film

funcom“Two worlds, one reality” – so goes the tagline for ‘IRL’, a new feature film by director Erik Leijonborg which features Funcom‘s modern-day massively multiplayer game The Secret World as a central part of the story. Valter Skarsgård (son of Hollywood heavyweight Stellan Skarsgård known from films such as ‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Thor’) plays Elias, the film’s main character. Bullied at school, Elias escapes to the virtual universe of Funcom Montreal’s The Secret World, where he meets a girl – Scarlet – and they eventually decide to meet up in real life. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd October 2013

ESAC Releases New Canadian Video Game Industry Facts And Research

ESACThe Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) has just launched its 2013 Essential Facts Booklet (PDF), which contains 19 pages of research points and information about the Canadian video game industry. Also released today is an in-depth report (PDF) from Nordicity, with 60 pages of industry research of import to the Canadian creative industries sector. In these reports you’ll see that Canada’s video game industry continues to be at the vanguard of Canada’s digital economy, employing 16,500 men and women in 329 creative and innovative companies that collectively contribute $2.3 billion to Canada’s economy. Watch the video shown below for a quick view of some of the facts contained in this year’s report. Read the rest of this entry »

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12th October 2013

The Long Dark Surpasses Funding Goal

hinterlandOur congratulations to the team at Hinterland Games, who was beyond thrilled to announce earlier today that first-person post-disaster survival sim title The Long Dark reached its $200,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter – with three days remaining in the campaign. We were actually out for lunch with our Valley Indie Meetup Group and were watching on our phones as the numbers ticked up, closer and closer to the goal. Below is a message from founder and creative director Raphael van Lierop that was sent to The Long Dark’s Kickstarter backers: Read the rest of this entry »

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12th October 2013

Gamercamp 2013 Is Fast Approaching

GamerCampGamercamp 2013, which is coming up in less than a month, is all set to take over Hotel Ocho in downtown Toronto (yes, the entire hotel) and fill it with gaming goodness from November 1st through 3rd. The organizers have a range of exciting activity planned for everyone from the game enthusiast to the professional developer. Gamercamp is celebrating its 5th anniversary. In the show’s five years, the organizers have brought some of the brightest, most innovative voices in the industry from across North America and Europe to Toronto, with attendance swelling from 100 attendees in the first year to an expected 2,000 this November. Read the rest of this entry »

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9th October 2013

Nomad Gaming – A New Era for Video Games?

research and marketsA new report from Research And Markets takes a global look at the state of gaming on mobile platforms – ie. smartphones, tablets and handheld consoles – in terms of technology and device shipments, and in terms of usage which has been heavily influenced by innovations in interactivity and gameplay.  Nomad Gaming – A New Era for Video Games? also explores the market from an industrial standpoint, against a backdrop of OS and app store wars, and takes a look at its economics, detailing the latest trends, success stories and wining business models. Lastly, the insight provides market forecasts up to 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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9th October 2013

Game Connection Europe Reveals Selected Projects Judging Committee and Partners

game connection europeOn the verge of one of the most important announcements for Game Connection Europe, the press operations team is pleased to unveil who’s behind the Selected Projects evaluation process. After an outstanding number of applications – 20% up on last year, the new categories (Mobile – Tablet Handheld ; Console & PC Hardcore ; Social, Casual & Online) added for this year having established themselves successfully as a key to helping this program take off for good. Read the rest of this entry »

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2nd October 2013

Gamercamp Festival Announces 2013 Official Selections

GamerCampGamercamp festival director Jaime Woo has announced the 14 titles that were chosen from submissions from across North America and Europe, spanning a diverse range of genres and formats. The selections include many Canadian premieres, helping to establish both Toronto and Gamercamp as emerging players on the exhibition circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

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