Weekly Vancouver Game Industry News, September 18th

Apologies for the lack of posts lately. I’m in Denver, returning from GDC Austin (excellent this year, thanks for asking). My flight’s delayed, so I figured I’d catch up on some Vancouver news. I’m still on the road with the family, working and RVing (currently in Saskatchewan), but you can still send me info via my website.

And now, here’s this week’s late afternoon, Jamba Juice-fueled Vancouver game industry news:


Appy Hour Mixer Blends Social Media and iPhone Peeps
Kelly Verchere’s Social Agency live events firm presents its first iPhone and social media-focused event on Friday, September 25th. The Appy Hour event will run from 4-6pm (presentations start at 4:30pm) at the Diamond, 6 Powell Street in Gastown. Michael Fergusson, CEO of social games company Ayogo, will be presenting.


Slant 6 Loses Talent Wrangler
Brenda Rigney, whose official title at Slant 6 was “Director of Talent Management,” has left the company to take a job with Aritzia. She starts at the shoe company this coming Monday.


AI’s Grad Show
With the economic downturn still making it hard for some people to find work, recent grads of the local game design programs are even harder pressed to get their first big break. Come out to the Art Institute of Vancouver‘s Summer 2009 Portfolio Show and see if there’s a diamond in the rough you might hire. The Grad Show takes place at 3pm on Thursday, Sept 24th at AI Vancouver.


Bigpark Hires Studio Director
Mark Findlay, former principal of the branded entertainment firm ShiftControl, started at Bigpark earlier this month. He takes on the role of Studio Director, working with Wil Mozell.


Canadian Media Funds Seeks Input
The Canadian Media Fund is hosting a town hall meeting – or Focus Group – in Vancouver to seek input on the program from stakeholders (that’s us). Anyone in the new media business is encouraged to attend and give their input on how they believe this important funding program should be disbursed going forward. The Vancouver session is September 29th at the Pan Pacific, 11:30am to 4:15pm. More details on the CTF site under Focus Groups.


Adrian Crook is a game consultant based in North Vancouver. With over 14 years experience, Adrian designs and produces social, casual and AAA games for a variety of clients. He has spoken on the subject of free-to-play games at GDC and SXSW and writes articles for trade publications.