Money

Lionsgate

O&A’s LA Tech List: Top Company Launches, Funding, M&A

O&A, P.C. provides a great overview of some of the top LA tech companies that made news so far in 2015 to make it a strong first quarter! Below is an overview of the company launches, funding, and M&A deals and activities that caught their attention. Entertainment/Gaming FUNDING: Lions Gate Invests in Telltale Games PARTNERSHIP: Mattel Partners

Business

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OTOY’s Latest: Unveils OctaneVR for VR and AR; OctaneRenderer 3 for GPU Rendering in VFX

OctaneVR lets artists on any budget create hyper-realistic cinematic experiences for VR and AR using a free, feature-complete version of OTOY’s OctaneRender VFX software At NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference this week in San Jose, California, cloud graphics company, OTOY launched OctaneVR and OctaneRender3 an upgrade for production-ready GPU Rendering. OTOY Presentation – 2015 NVIDIA GPU

CEO Corner

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GBR Exclusive: Tim Sweeney explains why Epic Games has thrived

Epic Games, headquartered in Cary, NC, is one of the most successful independent game studios in the world today.  The company recently made its Unreal Engine 4 technology free for anyone to use, including educators and schools.  For those who decide to make interactive products or games with the technology, Epic takes a 5% royalty. 

Women

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GDC’15: Growth of Female Speakers

Having attended GDC now for many years, this year’s show feels poised to be different. There are significantly more female presenters, panels and open discussions on diversity than ever before and I hope it will have a positive outcome for the industry. Vocativ has done a great job at pulling together the GDC speaker list over

Markets

LetterUp

Flow State Media: Popular LetterUP Now Offers “Friendly Matches” On All Platforms

Still Tops the Charts 6 Months Post-Launch with More Than 10M Games Played Flow State Media, an independent developer and publisher of high-quality social, mobile and browser-based games, announced the release of ‘Friendly Matches’ to its popular free-to-play social word game Letter UP. Notable for its ad-free real-time opponent matching and 2-to-4 player synchronous play, Letter

Global

KanoApps

British Columbia Lawmakers Extending Tax Credits for Game Developers

The province of British Columbia is planning on extending a tax credit for video game companies. The interactive digital media tax credit, set to expire this September, will be extended until 2018. It gives companies a credit of 17.5% in labor costs in the production of video games. Victoria-based Kano Apps CEO, Tim Teh said the credit

Events

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GDC15: Consumer-Level VR Coming On Fast

It’s undeniable, Virtual Reality (VR) stole the show at this year’s GDC, proving that the technology is here to stay. While we saw some VR at GDC last year, this time around nearly every game engine booth, and many other booths offering middleware technologies, offered a VR experience, while every hardware and peripherals company had

Research

GDC_15ByTheNumbers

Introducing GBR By The Numbers

GBR is introducing its GBR By The Numbers. Each month we will be showcasing business, development and growth data from the games industry. If you have any new and unique data points you would like to share please shoot us a message at wandameloni@gmail.com  

Videos

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OTOY’s Latest: Unveils OctaneVR for VR and AR; OctaneRenderer 3 for GPU Rendering in VFX

OctaneVR lets artists on any budget create hyper-realistic cinematic experiences for VR and AR using a free, feature-complete version of OTOY’s OctaneRender VFX software At NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference this week in San Jose, California, cloud graphics company, OTOY launched OctaneVR and OctaneRender3 an upgrade for production-ready GPU Rendering. OTOY Presentation – 2015 NVIDIA GPU

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