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% existing - average playtime: 8mn - 15% are finishing the game What's more interesting is also the sales: +22% IAP for the paid version . The MARGE platform is geared to be used by other developers, who can use those stats for better marketing, and perhaps even later use the lobby to drive even more users What's next? Miralupa will be launching soon an Android version, with an optimized version for the Xperia Play. Sony-Ericsson for instance is looking for Augmented Reality apps for the Xperia Play and   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 mic mix of VCs and angel investors. The startup has now relocated to Vancouver, BC, and the $1m investment will be used to help hire a team there. What's also interesting here is that it's the first startup in FounderFuel's first cohort to announce its first successful investment, and this sends a strong message to all of those who are still not sure about the accelerator program. Playerize already announced a seed round back at the FounderFuel demo day, quoting huge uptake from   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 city! With a simple graphic printed on a piece of paper, players can start or join a game, and then control their tanks with the touchscreen. What's interesting is the camera and sensors tracking, meaning you can also control the game by moving or rotating your iPad, à la Wii. Chromian Wars is just a first step for Miralupa, and while they have high hopes to revolutionize the gaming industry, the game is quite basic. It has standard 3D visuals, the story won't win any   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 and links. According to gOsuway founders, a lot of time was spent tweaking the user signup process, thinking about badges and other UX features to encourage social activity. Ultimately, gOsuway wants to gather all the fans who are watching starcaft2 replays over and over, or other highly competitive games. Currently, what most gamers do is subscribe on special youtube channels featuring voice commentary of matches, or subscribe on forums, where top games are featured by the community. gOsuway would offer fans and progamers of having   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 event is part of the Global Game Jam, a worldwide event highlighting innovation, creativity and experimentation. A staggering total of 1,400 games were registered worldwide for the event. At ETS, the attendees broke into teams, equivalent to 10 games, after a long brainstorming on possible concepts Friday. Not all games got finished on Sunday. A few had trouble in team management & communication, technical issues, or with work prioritization. All attendees gave 100% of their energy to the weekend though. It's rare to see   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 is part of a global movement, with many other cities and thousands of game developers & designers taking part in the event. Check out the video: Here in Montréal, the event will start on January 28th around 6 PM, which will explain to the jammers the schedule. Around 7:15 PM all will start the collective brainstorm. The purpose of the brainstorm is to generate a high number of strong ideas in a short period of time and allow the participants to get in touch with   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 and models. Coupled with the touchscreen interface, this promises to be a fun game. Louis Cleroux said any entrepreneur should have a hard look at iPad prospects. For instance, a previous iPad application Louis released on the iTMS got 100k downloads even though it still needed work. Now, Louis hopes to spend more time and resources for this project, possibly with outside partners and investors.   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 fledged game in such a short span of time
  • Klik of the month is today at 7.00pm. Create something in the Klik & Play authoring editor.
  • Experimental gameplay invites designers this month to submit a video game with the theme "drawing". Teams have a maximum of 7 days to produce a day.
Even if you are not a video games developer, I find those events extremely interesting, since they are under very demanding constraints in terms of time and brains available, and as a consequence,   Read more…