Monthly Archive for March, 2014

BROWN Out Now for PC and Android

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There is something quite satisfying about completing a good puzzle, and the newly released BROWN by Stoogebag studio seeks to tap into that wonderful feeling of success. The brainchild of  Mathematician (and ex-Perthian) Brian Corr, BROWN seems simple in concept  – get the brown block to the green goal –  yet it turns this age old game of Sokoban on it’s head as each swipe manoeuvres not one, but two blocks simultaneously.

The game first debuted at the 2012 LMG showcase, and since then has evolved to feature a ton of puzzling levels stocked with lasers, ice, lava and some block bros in need of directions. If you think your brain is up to the challenge, BROWN is available now for PC ($2.99) and Android (20 levels in the free version, full 50 for $2.99). Or if you’re not sure on how you’ll fair, why not test your skill in the PC demo.

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PAX Aus Indie Pavilion Applications Open plus Details on Discount Flights

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In 2013 the first ever PAX Aus gave indie developers from across Australia and New Zealand the chance to show off their wares to over 30,000 gaming enthusiasts. If you are eager to get in on this game show action, applications are now open for the Indie Pavilion at this year’s PAX Australia. The event will once again be held in Melbourne, with the official dates set for October 31st – Nov 2nd. This conveniently sits right after the Game Connect Asia Pacific conference, which means that we West Australian developers will be able to get the most out of our interstate industry travels. On that note, PAX Aus have teamed up with Virgin Australia to provide discount flights to Melbourne for the event for a short time only, so check it out!

This year’s Indie Pavilion is capable of accommodating up to 36 developers, each of whom will each be assigned a podium where they can showcase their games and give the sea of attendees a chance to play. As outline for last year’s event, to qualify for the pavilion studios must be a registered Australian or New Zealand company, have no more that five full-time (or contracted) employees, and must have commercially released at least one game prior to exhibiting. In addition to having more space at the event for indie developers this year, the cost of the individual stands has been reduced; the price of a podium (for successful applicants) is now only $1200, compared to $1800 last year.

Perth’s own Stirfire Studio made use of the Indie space at the 2013 PAX Aus to launch Freedom Fall, garnering the game many new fans and excited reviews;

“PAX was an amazing experience” says Lisa Rye, the creator of Freedom Fall, “We were able to show our game to the Melbourne audience and engage with media opportunities we never would have had in WA. Just as valuable was the chance to get feedback and advice from experienced game development teams!”

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For those keen to get in on the Indie Pavilion action, applications close at the end of May 2014. After this point they will be assessed, and the final exhibiting games will be decided upon by a committee from the PAX Australia team. For more details on the application process, contact the Ben Williams (PAX Aus Account Manager) via ben@reedpop.com.au.

“Video + Social” MasterClasses

Xmedia Presents: Video + Social

There’s a lot going on in the online world, so it can be difficult to keep your business and product up to date. X Media Lab aim to clear up the confusion and ensure you get the most out of the online world, with their upcoming “Video + Social” professional event.

Video+Social” will be running on Friday March 28, and is set to feature practical hands-on masterclasses and thought-piece presentations from a host of international experts. The aim of the day is to teach you skills that can be applied to business, creative project, brand, or career immediately.

 

What: “Video + Social” Content, Social, Video, Mobile, Brands
When: Friday, March 28. 9am – 5pm (followed by networking session)
Where: Studio Underground, State Theatre WA
Tickets: Professionals – $169, Students – $109. Available via Amiando
(Price includes catering and post-event networking reception)

 

For more information including the full event schedule, list of international guests, and details on purchasing tickets, check out the official “Video+Social” website, download the event flyer or head on over to the Amiando ticketing page.

Two Free Business Workshops for Games and App Developers

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Business Foundations has announced that they will once again be holding FREE business workshops to support local game developers. These seminars and workshops have been very successful in the past, so whether you are new to the game or an old pro, it is certainly worth checking out.

PITCHING FOR CAPITAL

Learn about…

  • Sources of venture funding
  • What investors are looking for
  • Targeting the right investor for your project
  • Giving up equity – when to do it & how much
  • Elements of a perfect pitch for money


What: 
‘All you need to know about Venture Funding’ + ‘Target the right investor’
When: 1:30pm – 5pm – Monday, 28 April 2014
Where: Northbridge Community Building, Northbridge Piazza (cnr Lake & James ST)
Cost: FREE!
RSVP: Places are limited, so make sure you register over at Eventbrite.

 

CREATING THE BUSINESS MODEL

Learn how to…

  • Turn your project into a viable business
  • Identify potential revenue streams
  • Determine resources required
  • Quantify your cost structure


What:
 ‘All you need to know about Business Planning’ + Half day practical Workshop
When: 1:30pm – 5pm – Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Where:  Northbridge Community Building, Northbridge Piazza (cnr Lake & James ST)
Cost: FREE!
RSVP: Places are limited, so make sure you register over at Eventbrite.

 

For more information on these events, contact Business Foundations by phone on (08) 9430 8569 or via email on admin@businessfoundations.com.au

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