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GameDuell Studio Spotlight

June 17, 2016 — by Carl Quinton

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I recently went to Berlin to prepare for the upcoming Casual Connect show there in 2017. While there I spent several days visiting a few game studios and other companies in the industry, and I would have to say my visit to GameDuell was one of the highlights of my trip.

I remember my first exposure to GameDuell; they were a Platinum sponsor of Casual Connect Europe. They had a really fun setup with very colorful cube chairs, a projector, big banners labeled “GameDuell is cool” and very eccentric people. If you are lucky enough to visit their office, you will probably agree with me that GameDuell is definitely very cool.

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Gert-Jan Stolk: Feeling the Need for Speed

May 8, 2016 — by David Radd

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SpeedRunners recently sprinted across the finish line to a full release after five years in development. It’s been a long process, but after a few years using Steam Green Light, awards from SXSW and Indie DB and various play-throughs by famous YouTubers, it’s now fully released for Steam, with an Xbox One release coming later.

We talked with Gert-Jan Stolk of DoubleDutch Games about SpeedRunners. They detail how publisher tinyBuild helped with the game’s aesthetic, how SpeedRunners eventually became an eSport and why indie developers should have a back up plan because their first game probably won’t be profitable.

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Fishing Cactus: Bucking Trends for Something New Yet Traditional

January 19, 2016 — by Casey Rock

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Fishing-Cactus-Final-Brand_colorFishing Cactus is getting serious about games. The studio, based in Belgium, has been creating games since 2008. In that time, they have gone from a small team located in a basement, to a sprawling 30-person team with their own two-floor building. The studio has released 50+ games.

The entire team, bosses and employees, works in an open space – making it easier for everyone to communicate and feel like more than a number in a company. They also do their own internal game jam every year to foster new ideas and inspiration.

Along with many other games, Fishing Cactus has been living up to their promise to make “real serious games” for seven years now. But in some ways, they’re just starting to get down to the serious business of making games. While the company has long been in the business of making mobile free-to-play (F2P) games for others, they are also currently creating their very own game: Epistory.

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Eden Films: The Making of an Interactive Motion Comic Video – A Hybrid Game

January 13, 2016 — by Eden Films

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How did we get started?

We all love super heroines. But it’s been many years since we were introduced to Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Cat Woman, Elektra and even Lara Croft. David Burns, CEO of Eden Films, thought it was time we had a new super heroine for the big screen. But what sort of new heroine? There have been so many introduced over the years. Howabout a Fallen Angel and the need for her to save the world from evil. Enter Elizabeth Grey.

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The Unique Studio Sparpweed Innovates with a Nontraditional Workplace

December 23, 2015 — by Casey Rock

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ibb & obb at Casual Connect Europe 2015
ibb & obb at Casual Connect Europe 2015

In the mid-2000s, Richard Boeser was studying industrial design at Delft Technical University in the Netherlands. However, he had lost interest in product design and had instead become captivated by digital distribution. “They brought more experimental games to a wider audience,” he says. “It felt like a movement I wanted to be part of, and so I decided to focus my graduation project on the design of games.”

His project was part research, part building a game alone. It resulted in a prototype for what would become known as ibb & obb – the first game from two-man independent studio Sparpweed.

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Neopix Hoping to Drive Global Change with Gamers

November 24, 2015 — by Casey Rock

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Neopix has been in the digital services industry for over three years – building websites, mobile apps, desktop applications, interactive programs for airports and malls, and more. The company’s employees share a special camaraderie – hanging out over beers and even vacationing together. Employees are welcome to voice their opinions at all times, feedback is often sought from others, and everyone feels valued.

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Game Artists Hope New Tech & Fresh IPs Break Clone Fever

September 14, 2015 — by Steve Kent

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An illustration of Venerable Kawn, Master of Frost that CAH did for Kabam's Spirit Lords.
An illustration of Venerable Kawn, Master of Frost that CAH did for Spirit Lords.

From a contract game artist’s point of view, the next few years in the video game industry may look a little more interesting creatively — and a little lighter on the clones — than the previous decade.

“I think things are going to change a lot more in the next year or two than they did in the last three or four years. Even four years ago, mobile was still big,” said Jason Park, Concept Art House VP of operations, during a recent studio tour in San Francisco. “It feels actually exciting for the first time 10 years. It reminds me of the old days, where I actually want to be on the show floor.”

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Traplight Games: Revolutionizing Gamer Creativity on Mobile

January 7, 2015 — by Casey Rock

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Traplight Games worked on technology that would give a new kind of creative power to gamers and bring user-generated content to mobile devices in a way never seen before.

Talk about doing a 360. When Traplight Games started in 2010, they began by publishing their own in-house game The Hero. However, after that, they quickly turned into a full-time work-for-hire enterprise — working on projects for companies such as Redlynx, Supercell, and Tuokio.

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MegaZebra: Pioneers Blazing the Trail

December 31, 2014 — by Casey Rock

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When MegaZebra started in 2008, they were pioneers. Along with making games, the company also had to create the market in Europe from the ground up. To top it off, the company’s founders came from Internet and mobile backgrounds as opposed to a more traditional gaming background. This ended up proving fortunate for the company as it helped them tackle problems in a unique way as the gaming industry evolved.

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Spellbind Studios: Taking a Chance to Make Magic

October 23, 2014 — by Casey Rock

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Video games play a key role in shaping the world. They provide entertainment for millions. They help the innovators, creators, and doers of the world relax amid countless late nights and stressful times. They open minds to creative notions, ideas, and problem-solving — benefiting nearly all facets of life, whether games are involved or not.

This is the philosophy of games shared by Colin Day. “Games do a lot more than entertain us,” he says. “They allow us to shift our entire mind and body from the everyday and recharge ourselves.”

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