B.C. studios showcase technology at London mobile gaming conference

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      Ten B.C. studios are exhibiting their wares at an international mobile gaming conference in London, England.

      The Pocket Gamer Connects is being held from January 22 to January 23, with attendees from more than 55 countries.

      The gaming studios are showcasing their capabilities at the Level Up: Vancouver, British Columbia pavilion.

      Now on its third year of participating in the mobile gaming conference, the pavilion is organized by the province of B.C., Vancouver Economic Commission, and DigiBC, which is the Interactive & Digital Media Industry Association of British Columbia.

      A mobile game is a video game played on handheld digital devices like a smart phone.

      Seven of the gaming companies are from Vancouver, namely, Biba, Cooper’s New Reality Garage Inc., East Side Games, Mythical City Games, Session Games Inc., Smoking Gun Interactive Inc., and V2 Games.

      Two of the companies are based in Burnaby: Motives.io, and Pocket Pinata Interactive. Saturn Animation Studios Inc., which from Kelowna, is also at the conference.

      “This is our third year participating in the Pocket Gamer Connects conference, and we couldn't be more excited,” Sam Chandola, CEO of V2 Games in Vancouver, said in a media release by the provincial government.

      “We have just closed a $10-million fund to invest in game ventures, and we are looking forward to making Canadian investments around the world through the support of the B.C. government organizing this delegation,” Chandola also said.

      According to the province, B.C. is a leader in interactive-game development in the country, serving as home to 25.5 percent of companies in the industry.

      “Pocket Gamer Connects gives me the industry insight that I need to bring my business to the next level,” Nazim Ragimov, director of Saturn Animation Studios in Kelowna, said in the same government news release. “I am very excited to build my company's global connection and to learn more about the upcoming industry trends.”

      According to the Vancouver Economic Commission, Pocket Gamer Connects is “at the heart of the mobile gaming industry”.

      “Curated by the teams responsible for the world’s leading mobile gaming publications, it’s the essential event for anyone wanting to meet, hear and learn from the leading figures from every corner of the mobile games world,” the commission states on its website. “PG Connects London is the best gateway to discovering coproduction and investment mobile games leads in Europe.”

      Bruce Ralston, B.C. NDP Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, said in the government’s media release that mobile gaming “continues to play an important role in B.C.'s economy”.

      “B.C. companies are presenting their leading-edge capabilities and making valuable connections with industry leaders and investors from around the globe,” Ralston also said.