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    Qualicum Beach’s Cloudhead Games has hit a home run with its first video game, winning three honours see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Qualicum Beach video-game producer Cloudhead wins three national awards

    Qualicum Beach’s Cloudhead Games has hit a home run with its first video game, winning three honours from the Canadian Video Game Awards in Montreal.

    Cloudhead’s The Gallery Episode 1: Call of the Starseed was named this year’s best virtual reality game as well as taking home the honours for best game innovation and best technology.

    The company had been nominated for nine awards.

    “It was a shock to win three, we didn’t expect that,” said Cloudhead chief executive Denny Unger, noting the three they won were in the categories that meant the most. “They highlighted the successes we did have.”

    Cloudhead was founded in 2012 and spurred on through a Kickstarter campaign in 2013. It started with three people working out of Unger’s garage and has grown into a team of 19. That will increase again, Unger said, both as a result of its success with the first game and the technology and tools the company has created to play in a virtual reality world.

    Unger said he expects the company to be two or three times its current size very soon.

    He said being based in Qualicum Beach is more a help than a hindrance when it comes to hiring and attracting talent.

    “What we found when we started hiring up was a lot of those [small coastal town] qualities were attractive to developers, especially those that had been in the industry and been in the big city already,” he said. “The only down side is the time it takes for [new hires] to get here and get settled.”

    Cloudhead is working on a number of new projects and is halfway through the second episode of The Gallery.

    Victoria’s Red Nexus Games was also up for a Canadian Video Game award; it was nominated for best debut game for Friday Night Bullet Arena. The firm was a runnerup in the category.

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    Island-based Red Nexus Games and Cloudhead Games are both up for national awards! see more

    Island video-game companies nominated for national awards

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    One of Victoria’s newest video game studios has been quick to make a splash, and its first foray into the marketplace could net it a national award.

    Red Nexus Games, which opened its studio doors in January, has been named a finalist at the 2016 Canadian Video Game Awards as best debut game for their game, Friday Night Bullet Arena.

    “It’s an honour to be acknowledged on a national scale,” said founder Dylan Gedig. “Seeing the studios that we'll be joining is completely jaw-dropping.”

    Gedig, who is in Montreal for the awards, said the recognition of being nominated will help the company grow. “This will be very useful in introducing the studio to the Canadian game development community, including people in Victoria who might not have known that we were based here until now,” he said. “It may also bolster our upcoming Xbox release, but I believe that’ll be a secondary effect.”

    Friday Night Bullet Arena, is a top-down shooter game where players only get one bullet. The bullet wraps around the screen and bounces off walls and must be caught before the player can shoot again. It was released in late September for Windows and Mac PCs and will be coming to Xbox One in January.

    Red Nexus is not the only Island game studio nominated this year as Qualicum Beach’s Cloudhead Games has received nine nominations, including a game of the year nod for The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed. The company has been nominated for best virtual reality game, best audio, best debut, best game innovation, best indie game, best performance, best technology and a fan‘s choice award as the best Canadian-made game.

    The Canadian Video Game Awards will be handed out tonight in Montreal. There are 45 nominees vying for honours in 20 award categories.