Weekly Vancouver Game Industry News, July 31

Posted by Adrian Crook

For those of you who haven't left work early for the long weekend - or merely to avoid Critical Mass - here is my slanted perspective on the local Vancouver game scene. If you feel I've missed out a critically important bit of gossip, or its less interesting cousin, news, please contact me via my website.

And now, in no particular order, here's what's new in Vancouver's game industry this week:

 

Fit Brains Set to Launch 20th game in under 2 Years
Via Shawn Woods, Creative Director at local brain fitness game developer Fit Brains, comes word that the company will soon be reaching their 20th game milestone in mid-August. Founded by Michael Cole and Mark Baxter, Fit Brains has developed a brain training game platform backed by serious science. Shawn says Fit Brains hopes to reach 25 games by the end of this year as it also works to expand their offerings into related lifestyle improvement areas outside of brain fitness.

 

Adknowledge Pays up to $50M for Vancouver's Super Rewards
Super Rewards, a local startup that monetizes social games using a target CPA (cost per action) model, has been purchased for a reported $50M by Adknowledge, a Kansas City-based company. From an earlier Techvibes piece about the purchase: "Super Rewards provides a white-label virtual currency system to more than 1,000 apps and games (such as Mob Wars) on Facebook, Hi5, Bebo, Tagged, and other social networks."

 

Startup Alert: Greener Grass Games
A former colleague of mine from Relic and all 'round great guy, John Warner, has started up his own free-to-play, browser-based game development studio, dubbed Greener Grass Games. Their debut game will apparently be a first person adventure, for which they are looking for potential advertising partners now.

 

Game Dev BBQ
That other GDC, the Graphic Designers of Canada, is hosting an all-inclusive, pan-industry GDC Association BBQ on Thursday, August 27th at 6pm in Trout Lake. From the event listing: "Co-organized by GDC/BC, CAPIC, BCID, NMBC and CWILL, this is an opportunity to meet fun people, enjoy great food, and play in the sun. Even better, admission is free for members of participating organizations."

 

 

Adrian Crook is a game consultant based in North Vancouver. With over 14 years experience, Adrian designs and produces social, casual and AAA games for a variety of clients. He has spoken on the subject of free-to-play games at GDC and SXSW and writes articles for trade publications.

Company:
Vivity Labs
Website:
http://www.vivitylabs.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vivity Labs is a company focused on delivering unique and entertaining brain fitness products. Our first product is Fit Brains, an online platform (www.fitbrains.com) featuring fun and engaging games that exercise the five key cognitive areas of the brain. The games offer a variety of activities that help users of all ages maximize and round-out brain skills in an entertaining fashion. The games are tightly... more

Company:
SuperRewards
Website:
http://www.srpoints.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

SuperRewards is a KITNMedia company. We have been in the CPA and performance marketing space since 1998. We are on a first name basis with the owners of most major networks. We've seen it all over the years and know the nuances of the industry. SuperRewards was established in the summer of 2007 shortly after the Facebook platform launched. It was an in house tool at first and was officially launched to developers... more

Company:
Adrian Crook & Associates
Website:
http://www.adriancrook.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

In January 2008, freemium game design expert Adrian Crook founded Adrian Crook & Associates. AC+A has since worked with over two dozen clients, including many of the leading mobile & social game companies. Our focus is on delivering design that is inspirational yet do-able, given each client’s unique requirements. We’ve been fortunate to work with many of the market leaders, providing insight to and learning from... more


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Adrian Crook

Adrian Crook

Adrian Crook is founder of AC+A, a mobile social game design and development consultancy based in Vancouver. Adrian has been a producer & designer in the games industry for nearly 20 years and is also CEO of PlayRank, a mobile community for sports fans. more



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