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Creative boost for Kelowna animation and gaming sectors

Accelerate Okanagan has created a co-working game development space at the Kelowna Innovation Centre, located at 1405 St. Paul St. in downtown Kelowna.

The Accelerate Okanagan Game Lab is a fully furnished and kitchen area. The shared environment will provide developers the opportunity to collaborate on projects, engage with like minded people and gain access to other technology entrepreneurs and early stage technology companies.

“For developers working out of their home offices, a co-working space offers networking, connecting and collaboration opportunities they would otherwise miss and professional facilities to host company and client meetings. This provides huge value to independent game developers” said Lance Priebe, of RocketSnail Games, one of the catalysts behind the co-working space and tenant at the Kelowna Innovation Centre.

Jeff Keen, CEO of Accelerate Okanagan, added: "We are seeing significant demand for access to resources and facilities to help new animation studios in the Okanagan. On the heels of hugely successful companies like Disney Online Studios, the Okanagan is witnessing rapid growth in the gaming and animation sectors and we want to be at the forefront of this momentum through initiatives like the game lab.”

 

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