TinyCo starts settling in Vancouver
San Francisco-based TinyCo decided on Yaletown for its Vancouver studio, announced on August 13. Five employees are working in the space now, and cofounder Suli Ali told the Straight that he wants to be focused about the growth of the new division. And Vancouver, he said, has the necessary “depth of talent”. According to Ali, many people with experience in the “old-school console companies” are interested in making the move to mobile, “because they see it as the future of gaming”.
TinyCo has differentiated itself from other mobile developers with its success developing for the Android platform with Tiny Village and Tiny Zoo. Ali explained that this came as a result of having faith that Google, which developed Android, was going to “get things right”.
“We made the investment,” he said, “to get Android right. We knew we’d need to succeed there. We just brute-forced it.”
He stated that the Android OS and Apple’s iOS are quite distinct, from both a technology and a distribution perspective. And the way companies get users for their games is very different, he explained. But Ali said he’s comfortable with TinyCo’s investment, given how aggressively Google is investing in its Google Play digital distribution service for Android.