Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 tatu ,

On the 1st of April 2014 the Game Spring Oulu game development seminar was held for the third time at the campus of the Oulu University of Applied Sciences. This time the seminar was divided into two tracks, dev and biz, which attracted roughly 200 visitors from near and far.

The main theme of this year was the future of gaming, especially in indie games. The speakers included people like Jay Ranki (Next Games), Fredrik Wester (Paradox Interactive), Andrew Walker (GameFounders) and many others.

After the official seminar programme it was time for the After Party, which was held at the Business Kitchen premises and was sponsored by Playraven and Fingersoft. The evening was all about mingling, networking and just having fun with fellow developers. The place was literally packed to the max with developers!

As a surprise program number a game related quiz was arranged. The battle was fierce, but luckily only egos were harmed during the competition.

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Teams pondering the correct answer for a question during the quiz

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Hamsterscape developers enjoying the evening.

A big thanks for all the participants, partners and sponsors of both the Game Spring seminar and the After Party. See you again next year!

Cheers,
IGDA Finland Oulu Hub

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 Niina Pesonen ,

What a gathering! Judging by the queue outside Adams Club it could’ve been a rockstar in town – but as we all know, there was something way better: RedLynx was in the house to show their new Trials Fusion, and they did it with style. Seems like the audience liked what they saw and experienced, as the demo stations were fully occupied through most of the evening.

The queue was still there around 8 PM so you can probably imagine the place was extremely packed. Visitor count also reached a new record, so well done RedLynx and thanks for everyone who came by!

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 tatu ,

Once again game developers and game industry enthusiasts in the Tampere region gathered in Jack the Rooster on the 25th of March for another IGDA Finland Tampere Hub gathering. The event was also the after party for a Tekes event held earlier that day. We were also glad to get Next Games, which had just raised $6 million in its initial investment round with two games in development, to sponsor the event. Next Games provided attendees with drinking tickets and the opportunity to learn more about the company and its projects, including a game about the popular TV series The Walking Dead.

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The event was a success yet again with around 80-100 attendees. It was kicked off by a presentation by Jay Ranki, the Head of Studio at Next Games. After a short introduction to the company, people once again went into networking mode.

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Until next time,
IGDA Finland Tampere Hub volunteers

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 Niina Pesonen ,

Another month, another gathering! Trust me, this is no April Fools joke: you don’t want to miss this one. During the IGDA gathering on April 8th, RedLynx will showcase its upcoming game Trials Fusion, set to release on April 16th. IGDA members and guests will have a chance to hear from some of the key personnel behind the game’s ambitious design and technical artistry before having a chance to play the game before release!

RedLynx, a Ubisoft® Studio, is a multiplatform game developer and publisher based in Helsinki, Finland, with approximately a 100 employees and sales of more than 4 million game units across multiple platforms since 2009.

Since its founding in 2000 they have developed and published more than 100 games on many platforms including Xbox LIVE Arcade, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, Apple iPhone, Apple Macintosh, PC, web, and mobile phones. RedLynx is mostly known about its best-selling and highly-acclaimed Trials franchise.

More information about RedLynx can be found at trialsgame.com and redlynx.com.

Fun, games, drinks… what are you waiting for, just mark it on your calendars already!

IGDA Finland April Gathering
Time: 08.04.2014 at 19:00
Place: Club Adams, Erottaja 15-17, Helsinki Finland

As usual, the cloakroom service is offered free of charge on behalf of Club Adams.

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 tatu ,

Last Tuesday was an eventful day, with the ending of Expa Game Lab, Expa Gathering and Expa Game Club on the same day.

Expa Game Lab was a half year project with participants making game prototypes from ideas they had. In the beginning there was 13 game ideas, but they were ranked in two votes down to four. In the end, there were four teams making games. None of the games were finished in the limited time frame, but that wasn’t a surprise to anyone. The games presented were: Buggers, COMA,CyberAfrica and Seth.

Probably the most positive outcome of the Expa Game Lab was the birth of a new game company, Zaibatsu Interactive, soon developing more games in Jyväskylä. You can find them on Twitter. Expa Game Club was a more focused project, with a group of first­timers making a small game in three weeks (plus polish) under the guidance of an experienced producers, our own Klaus Kääriäinen. Klaus’ direction helped them limit the scope of the game to a product that can be finished in the time given. Their game, Back from Afar looks pretty impressive.

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Our guest at the Expa Gathering was Jussi Autio from Oulu Game Lab and Viima Games. Oulu Game Lab is what sparked the inspiration for our own Expa Game Lab so we were eager to hear things were going in Oulu. Oulu Game Lab seemed to be a pretty autonomous part of Oulu University of Applied Sciences, with a multidisciplinary game education program teaching everything needed to make games, from programming to art. They’ve already managed to create seven new start­ups, with one more to come. They’ve helped make 16 game demos, got investors and millions of downloads for the games made there. Pretty impressive!

Expa doesn’t have the institutional backing, but we’ll our best to catch up next round, when we start a new Expa Game Lab later this year. We’ll put everything we learned from the previous Game Lab and from Jussi to use and make the next one even better.

Stay tuned for next month, when we put the local talents on stage. Do you have game company or a team making games in Jyväskylä? If we haven’t already contacted you, drop us a message and come show your projects at next months Expa Gathering.

EXPA & IGDA Finland Jyväskylä Hub Volunteers