#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!
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!
With friends, family and a well-deserved break from work, Christmas is one of the best times of the year. But it can also mean running a gauntlet of professional events and office parties. While sipping eggnog might not be the best moment for the hard sell, the holidays are a great opportunity to meet new people and foster connections in a more relaxed environment. The Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s largest national newspapers, contacted our CEO Tim to ask him about tips, tricks and strategies for networking during the holiday season.
Check out Tim’s advice here.
Autumn it may be, but the moustaches blooming on the upper lips of certain Kano team members can only be described as august. That’s correct, it’s the most glorious time of the year: Movember.
This year we’ve launched the KANO/APPS Movember Challenge. Those willing to offer their lip as a moustache cultivation platform have been entered into a betting pool. Bidders choose a candidate, stake some cash and select the style of moustache (complete with reference images like this and, lord help us, this). Candidates then get to growing. If they crack under the pressure and shave before December 1, they pay. If they complete the moustache marathon, the bidder does. Regardless of what happens, everybody wins: every dollar benefits prostate cancer research, and for a month we get to ridicule our coworkers.
Last year 854,000 moustachioed man-princes helped raise over $125 million. Everyone at Kano is proud to help make this year even bigger.
For more information about Movember, visit their site.