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Presenting the Indie Prize Finalists from Europe Part 2

May 24, 2018 — by Catherine Quinton

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Indie Prize at Casual Connect Europe 2018 has attracted many entries from all over Europe, including Italy, France, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, as well as the United Kingdom. And the innovation in these games is remarkable. Competitive games have a variety of new twists that require speed, precision and skill to succeed. Adventure and narrative games pit the player against novel situations and obstacles. Settings range from the historically accurate (or inaccurate) to fantasy or dungeons or even the player’s mind. And a variety of puzzle games challenge players’ thinking in different ways. Whatever kind of gaming you prefer, there are games here you will enjoy. These fantastic games total 38 from Europe. The finalists have been broken up into two parts. To see the other 19, see this article.

Game Title: Falling Sky
Developer: Falling Sky
Platform: Desktop Win
Country: United Kingdom/Norway

Falling Sky is a cinematic 3D mystery game. It was developed at the National Film and Television School and the project leader and sole developer was Jonathan Nielssen. The game uses Unreal Engine and motion capture technology to create immersive, narrative-driven drama. It has a Twin Peaks influence and elements of open world adventure.

The characters of the game are brothers Daniel and Tommy, who are attempting to solve the mystery of their mother’s disappearance. Guided by a series of cryptic messages, the boys set off on a quest to find the truth.

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Fhacktions: Mapping the Way

March 14, 2018 — by Industry Contributions

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By Juan de Urraza, Ceo of Posibillian Tech

Fhacktions is a location-based mobile MOBA game developed by Posibillian Tech, a Paraguayan startup founded in 2015. Set in a near future where the world is ruled by factions of hackers, players must battle each other to maintain control of strategically placed servers that provide them with currency and power. The core of the game is its location based mechanic, with servers placed in real world places, like your local coffee shop or the laundromat next door. Conceived before Ingress and Pokemon Go were launched, Fhacktions had an uphill road to follow in order to finance, code and promote a game with mechanics no one yet understood.

The game received several awards, like winning the “Best Audio” category in Indie Prize USA, and being finalist in Indie Prize in Asia and Europe in the “Best Multiplayer Game” category. Google selected Fhacktions as one of the 15 best games in the Google Indie Games Festival LATAM in 2018.

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Floyd Bishop: Transforming Games with New Realities | Casual Connect Video

February 25, 2018 — by Catherine Quinton

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A dead face can kill an otherwise expressive character. - Floyd BishopClick To Tweet

As an Art Lead at Microsoft, Floyd Bishop chronicled how to create expressive characters and their setup in Unity at Casual Connect USA 2018. He advised, “Use every part of the buffalo.” To learn more about how you can make this work for you, be sure to watch the video of the full session.

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Kimberly Rodatos and the Importance of Online Services | Casual Connect Video

February 23, 2018 — by Catherine Quinton

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The more knowledge we share, the more doors we open for new ideas and technologies. - Kimberly RodatosClick To Tweet

At Casual Connect USA 2018 Kimberly presented information about the differences of LiveOps on different platforms, and especially what it means to launch a game on console and/or PC. It is important to know how users interact with your system and how much ownership you have concerning that interaction. Kimberly offered some tools and strategies to finding the right setup, improving a running setup or doing a quality check on you current system. To learn more, watch the video of the complete session. By the end you should understand what to expect from LiveOps on any platform. 

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Casual Connect USA 2018 Indie Prize Participants from North America Part 2

December 21, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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This set of games from North America are more exciting entries for Indie Prize at Casual Connect USA 2018 at the Disneyland® Hotel. They include incredible variety, from arena fighting to digital board games; shooters and puzzle platformers to arcade adventures; beautiful explorations of orbital mechanics and collaborative art games to trivia games, games that extend the AR genre and even games designed to explore empathy and communication. Indie Prize will definitely be a great experience!

Game Title: Rumble League
Developer: Lorraine Studio
Platform: iOS
Country: United States

Rumble League is a real-time PVP game taking place in 1987 in a internationally sanctioned fighting competition. You can assemble a team of brawlers, travel to exotic locations around the world and fight other teams for glory and cash. You will enjoy the hand-crafted arenas and fighters, as well as the retro-futuristic synth soundtrack.

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Discover the Latest in AI and VR on Casual Connect Kyiv’s Tech Track

October 15, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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Moore’s Law is still in full-swing since Gordon Moore first made his now-famous observation in 1965. Technology continues to change at a nearly breakneck pace – not only getting smaller and faster, but also more advanced and intricate. From artificial intelligence to high fidelity, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything. In Casual Connect Kyiv’s Tech track, attendees can expect to receive numerous insights to help them keep on top of the latest technology so they can make their games the best they can be.

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Casual Connect Kyiv Industry Insights to Provide Developers with Latest Gaming Expertise

September 30, 2017 — by Casey Rock

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Alexis Kennedy has a storied career in gaming, literally. He has done guest-writing gigs for such prominent studios as BioWare, Telltale, and Paradox – and as the creator of Failbetter Games, he grew a two-person startup into a studio with 16 employees and over $1.3 million a year in revenue. As part of the Industry Insights track, Alexis will open the conference at Casual Connect Kyiv with a keynote lecture on game narratives and how to better marry stories with game systems. Many other experts will join Alexis in sharing their expertise with attendees over the conference’s three days of lectures and workshops.

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Fhacktions: Sailing through uncharted waters

September 11, 2017 — by Industry Contributions

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By Juan de Urraza, CEO of Posibillian Tech

Posibillian Tech is the game development studio behind Fhacktions, a location-based MOBA mobile game set in a future world ruled by factions of hackers. The studio is based in Asunción, Paraguay, with 12 full time employees. It was founded in 2015 by two software engineers and lifetime gamers, Juan de Urraza and Gabriel Villalba, who previously developed some small games while studying at university, but never as professionals.

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Barak Regev on Using Google Cloud Platform to Scale and Succeed

March 26, 2017 — by Catherine Quinton

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Barak Regev, Director of Google Cloud Platform for EMEA of Google, says that the best things about working for Google are the amazing people, as well as the culture, goals and freedom of working at Google.

Barak Regev is Director of Google Cloud Platform, EMEA of Google

Barak had worked for Microsoft for seven years when Meir Brand, GM of Google IL, called, offering the opportunity to apply for a position establishing Google Enterprise in the EMEA region. This was six and a half years ago, and Barak was, of course interested. For the past four years, he has been leading the Google Cloud Platform business in EMEA, building and scaling the EMEA team responsible for sales and business development of Google’s Cloud Platform solutions. In this position, Barak must also hire the talent, expand Google’s ecosystem, evangelize Google’s solutions and, as he said, “inspire my people to think big.”

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