MARGE platform tracks mobile gaming engagement

MARGE platform tracks mobile gaming engagement 4084In addition to the augmented reality technology developed for Chromian Wars, Montreal startup Miralupa has developed a key technology to track mobile game engagement, a component in their MARGE platform. Serge Landry, co-founder of Miralupa, shared with me the stats they got after they just released a new version for Chromia Wars: - 1760 games played in the last 5 days - 69% of new gamers vs 31%   Read more…


Playerize is FounderFuel’s first startup to close first round of funding ; $1m to grow Vancouver offices

Playerize is FounderFuel’s first startup to close first round of funding ; $1m to grow Vancouver offices 3906Quick but great news of the day: Venturebeat reports Playerize has closed its series A, getting $1m from Real Ventures, Rho Ventures, as well as invidual investors such as Mike Edwards of Initio Group, David Chamandy of Machkor, Martin-Luc Archambault of Bolidea, Dan Robichaud, and Jason Bailey. It's a diverse group of investors, with investors mainly from Montreal but also from Vancouver, and with a good   Read more…


Miralupa launches Chromian Wars, Augmented Reality RTS game

chromian wars 3399The video game mobile startup Miralupa is launching today Chromian Wars on the App Store, a mobile multiplayer game, where players are invited to battle tanks against each other, using real-world surfaces. It's quite impressive to see the game already out, as they were still prospecting offices in Q2 this year. Their development cycle is probably faster than a few web startups in the   Read more…


gosuway connects amateur and pro gamers

gosuway 2444gOsuway is a brand new startup launched last week in close beta (i.e. accessible only with an invitation). It's the brainchild of Pheze and "Torpille Rose", two new entrepreneurs who want to connect gaming fans with status updates and shared media. The site in itself looks a lot like Twitter, with users having different profiles, friending options, plus also an invitation to share screens, videos   Read more…


Fresh concepts, Innovative gameplay, and Intense work @ Global Game Jam Montreal

Fresh concepts, Innovative gameplay, and Intense work @ Global Game Jam Montreal 2252 Last friday, 30 to 40 people gathered at engineering school ETS with the goal of producing a game in just one weekend. It was nice to see the organizing team Conjure inviting designers, writers and artists for the weekend, plus also attendees from outside Montréal. That's how you get pioneering ideas! The   Read more…


[Upcoming] Global Game Jam, Jan 28th to Jan 30th

[Upcoming] Global Game Jam, Jan 28th to Jan 30th 2236A group of motivated students from ETS (École de Technologie Supérieure) is organizing this weekend the Global Game Jam, challenging teams to create a full video game in just 3 days. The format, deadline, pressure, as well as the focus on new ideas and innovation remind me a lot of Blitzweekend and ulteriour startup weekend events in Montréal (@startupifier, HackMtl, Y1L etc.) The event   Read more…


Unreal Technology on an iPad by @itradelive

Unreal Technology on an iPad by @itradelive 2215Louis Cleroux (@itradelive), an entrepreneur who's been developing iPhone and iPad application for the past year, has a new video games project for the iPad. Here's a proof of concept: What's stunning about this new project is that he's done a working iPad game in less than 2 weeks, and it also uses the Unreal SDK (UDK), which means the game has current gen graphics   Read more…


Events for Indie games developers

5272233348_e791c526a6 2120For Montreal video games indies, there are 3 interesting events this month for designers and developers alike:
  • Ludum Dare is a marathon to produce a game in just under one weekend. It running now, since Friday evening. This announcement is of course a bit late to participate, but you still have time to check out how you can mobilize your resources, time to produce a fully   Read more…



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