April 2014

VISITING FINNISH GAMING COMPANIES

It´s been almost 2 months since the new batch started. The teams have already met around 50+ mentors, networked with a great bunch of people in the events, have had 2 playtest days and many many sleepless nights developing their games and discussing ideas here in Tallinn. Now the demo days are moving forward almost with the speed of light. But before we pack our...

COMBINING CRAZY GAME IDEAS AND HARD WORK – ONEEYEANT FROM ARGENTINA

Now let´s take a mental trip over the ocean and visit Argentina for a moment. This is where our next team - OneEyeAnt – is coming from. Even though the team is actually a lot bigger in size, there are just 2 people currently residing in Tallinn – Federico Puopolo (game designer) and Gonzalo Ruggieri (2D artist). However, they are communicating daily with Melina Teruz...

FINALLY ANOTHER ESTONIAN STUDIO IN GAMEFOUNDERS – INTERACTIVE FATE

It´s time to introduce the second Estonian company in GameFounders´portfolio – Interactive Fate.  Behind this promising name we find Edvin Aedma (game designer), Veljo Hagu (programmer), Taavi Viikman (artist and animator) and Toomas Laasik who is assisting with coding and special effects. Joining GameFounders program has been a change to their lifestyle in many ways since the guys are not Tallinners and sometimes have to divide...

BRAZILIAN ADVENTURE IN THE FAR-AWAY-LAND CALLED NORTH – BITCAKE STUDIO

Our next team comes from the land of carnival, samba and great football. Can you guess? Yes, it´s Brazil! Turns out that besides all that was mentioned before, Brazilians can be also proud about some talented game developers out there. We have caught and brought to the cold and windy North one particular team. They are Camilla Slotfeldt (art director), Eduardo Lamhut (game designer), Jefferson...

TRIP TO SAKU BREWERY

Few weeks ago Gamefounders Spring ´14 batch and crew went on a journey to discover how one brewery actually functions and how do they make this life nectar that we call beer. Our target for this holy voyage, was one of Estonia’s oldest breweries – Saku Brewery. Saku Brewery is today one of the biggest trademarks in Estonian culture, being owned by the Carlsberg group. Our...

PLAYTESTING TIME!

Today we have the second playtesting day  for our Spring 2014 batch. This time we have 2 rounds of schoolkids coming  in -  Pärnu Vanalinna Põhikool and Sütevaka Gümnaasium in the morning and another round from Kadrioru Gümnaasium in the afternoon. Here is a little flashback from the playtesting we did 2 weeks ago. We had people over from Tallinn University and few more outside the...