Discover Tectoria is back once again and Kano/Apps is proud to be a Gold level exhibitor for the event. Taking place on December 13 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Crystal Gardens, Discover Tectoria will give visitors a whirlwind tour of Victoria’s booming tech industry. Featuring a keynote speech from the CBC’s Quirks and Quarks host Bob McDonald and a Q/A with the local winner of the Google Science Fair Ann Makosinski, there’s definitely a lot to see and do at this event.
Kano/Apps will be there with a booth so you can come by and meet some members of the team as well as discuss career opportunities (we’re hiring for a couple specific positions right now, but we’re always looking for talent). As an added bonus you can walk away with some sweet Kano swag! Everybody loves swag.
Additionally we have some free tickets to give away to Discover Tectoria 2013! So, if you are a Victoria, BC resident or you live near Victoria and think you can make the event next Friday, go and sign up for Free Rider HD and send your username to community at kanoapps dot com using the subject line Discover Tectoria Ticket. The tickets will be sent out at the start of next week. We’ll be holding an FRHD contest at our booth, so this will give you the perfect opportunity to brush up on your stick-man mountain bike skills!
Check out the Discover Tectoria website for more info on other exhibitors and events!
In this day and age, it’s not altogether uncommon for two people to meet over the Internet and fall in love. Sometimes, these stories just happen to take place around our games. In this case, it was two Mob Wars: La Cosa Nostra players, David and Lenelle (or Nino DeMeo and Venomous Veronica as they are known in game), who met in 2010 while playing. A few weeks ago, David reached out to us to help him plan a one-of-a-kind proposal for Lenelle, who was coming to visit him in the end of November.
Of course we were happy to do whatever we could to make this day special for David and Lenelle. We consulted with David about the best way to go about this and it was decided that we would make up a custom Calendar background (a Calendar is a timed mini-game event in Mob Wars: La Cosa Nostra) that was exclusive to Lenelle and himself. After a few iterations our art team and David worked up an appropriate picture, which you can see up top, or view a bigger image here. Our development team then ensured that the unique background would be ready to go at the time David had requested.
The proposal went off without a hitch and Lenelle said yes! We’d like to congratulate Lenelle and David on their engagement and wish them all the best. We’re honored that we could do our part to help two members of our community on their auspicious day.
#ThisisVic, by the awesome people over at XrayLima Co., is a series of videos focused on just how awesome Victoria, British Columbia is, has just released a new episode centered on us here at Kano Apps. To keep up with this series, go give it a like on Facebook!
If life at Kano Apps looks appealing to you, you can always check to see when we’re hiring!
Exciting things are happening in and around the Kano/Apps HQ! As you can see in the picture above, Mayor Dean Fortin dropped by for a visit this morning. In addition to that, Kano/Apps is also featured heavily in the trailer for the #ThisIsVic series, and we’ll have our own episode soon! I’ll be sure to post that when it’s out, but for now you can tide yourself over by watching the trailer after the jump.
It’s not often that we brag about our community here at Kano/Apps (OK, that’s not exactly true, but stick with me) but this past month they’ve really blown us away with their support. In September we not only saw Mob Wars: La Cosa Nostra get a very successful Hot Games Promotion on Kongregate thanks to user feedback, but Zombie Slayer getting picked up by the enthusiastic players over on Armor Games. We launched last week on Friday and as of right now we’re sitting at over 100,000 plays! We’re very humble and thankful that players on both those networks have adopted our games and are giving us feedback.
I had my eye on both these games during their promotions, and it was great to see the more experienced players in the chat helping out newcomers and giving them advice. Our games are very deep and there’s a lot of viable ways to play, so getting the scoop from veterans is a great advantage. Of course, it also helps our veterans in that there are plenty of new Slayers and Mobsters to ally with or fight against!
I’d like to give a big shout out to our community on both those networks (and our existing communities over on Facebook and Kano Play), and welcome any new players to the fold. Kano/Apps will continue to do our best to to be just as awesome as you folks are. Thanks for playing!
Tim Teh chats with other local gaming luminaries.
While I was busy last weekend with the Hot New Games promotion for Mob Wars: La Cosa Nostra on Kongregate (which went very well, thanks for asking), a few members of the Kano crew attended OrcaJam4, representing our indie studio in style.
For those of you who need a quick refresher on what OrcaJam is, you can read this post from last month. Kano/Apps was glad to be part of this event, and it couldn’t have happened without the involvement of LevelUp, all the associated studios, and Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, who kicked things off with the opening speech. Hit the jump for a few pictures featuring the Kano/Apps employees who were in attendance at OrcaJam 4 over the weekend! Read more…
Kano/Apps will have a very unofficial presence down in Seattle this coming weekend for the Penny Arcade Expo as a couple members of our crew are making the trek to take in the sights and sounds of the yearly convention.
For those of you not familiar with the event, the Penny-Arcade Expo, or “PAX” for short, is an annual gathering centered on the culture of playing video games. Like bigger industry events such as E3 or Gamescom in Europe, PAX allows attendees to play hotly anticipated games before release or attend panels dedicated to nerd culture at large. The difference with PAX is that it’s all about the consumer, whereas E3 and Gamescom are largely focused on the press.
Kano/Apps, along with Tectoria’s gaming industry, is proud to be sponsoring LevelUp’s OrcaJam4, an event where dozens of video game developers come together in Victoria, British Columbia with the purpose of trying to create a video game inside of 48 hours. 48 hours is a very short span of time to try and make a video game, but at the end of those two days all of the competitors will have their efforts judged and prizes will be given out. That’s not all that will be happening at OrcaJam, though, as there will also be keynote speakers and panel discussions that are sure to be both informative and enthralling.
This is the fourth annual OrcaJam and the first to kick off the inaugural Thinklandia Festival. Kano/Apps’ crew, including co-founder Tim Teh, will be on hand during the weekend. Here’s what he has to say about Victoria’s vibrant and thriving game development community:
“Victoria, BC is one of the best places in the world to live, period. Couple that with an awesome pipeline of local talent, a strong indie gaming scene and anchor gaming studios like Microsoft, KIXEYE and GameHouse, there are lots of opportunities for people who want to work in the gaming industry but also enjoy a better quality of life. My partners and I knew this five years ago when we started KANO/APPS here and we continue to revel in the hockey stick growth of our industry. Come out to OrcaJam and learn more about Victoria’s best kept secret!”
OrcaJam will be going down on September 6 to September 8. Space is limited (only about 80 seats) so grab your ticket now! Head on over to OrcaJam’s website to get your pass while you can. Keep an eye out for our crew during the event and be sure to say “hi!” if you see us!