Galatron Launches on Facebook Instant Games

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facebook_horizontal_banner001Galatron, BVG’s fast-paced space shooter, launches today on Facebook Messenger’s Instant Games platform.

Galatron puts players in the pilot’s seat of the Valkyrie: a sleek, powerful starfighter with the most advanced weaponry in the fleet. It’s up to you as pilot to blast through waves of alien ships, dodge devastating meteors and battle epic bosses in a quest to save the galaxy. Players can upgrade their weapons, customize their ships and rack up bonuses for obliterating whole waves of invaders as they work to achieve high scores and climb the ranks in order to become the best fighter pilot of all.

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Galatron coming to Facebook Messenger’s Instant Gaming platform means that you can play the game right now: on any device where you’re already using Facebook messenger. We created the game in HTML5 to make it instantly playable, but another benefit is that you won’t ever have to download, install, or update the game. Just open it on Facebook Messenger, and play!

This is precisely why BVG has invested so many years of work in HTML5 instant gaming. Our CEO and co-founder Albert Lai explains it best:

“Big Viking Games has been at the forefront of HTML5 development, and with Galatron we’re able to really showcase that technology and show what a game on messenger can look like. Galatron has features and gameplay that many thought were impossible in an instant messenger game so we’re excited for players to see that and realize that this is really a viable platform for quality games.”

To play Galatron today:

1. Join any chat in Facebook Messenger

2. Tap the Instant Games icon at the bottom of the chat

How to play Galatron

3. Find Galatron and press PLAY

How to play Galatron

Our official press release on the subject of the the Galatron launch can be found below:

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Big Viking Games Announces $10 Million Publishing Fund For HTML5 Messenger Instant Games

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TORONTO and LONDON, ON – (November 29, 2016) – Big Viking Games, the largest independent mobile and social game studio in Canada and a pioneer in HTML5 Messenger Instant Games, is expanding the reach of its HTML5 initiatives today with the creation of a $10 million publishing fund to develop and distribute third-party content for messengers platforms in HTML5.

The Company is a founding launch partner on the Facebook Messenger Instant Gaming platform, and will lead with its addictive space-shooter, Galatron, on the platform on December 15. Along with Big Viking Games’ nearly five years of pioneering research and development in HTML5 messenger game development technology, developers will also have the support of its data science platform from Gallop Labs, a top Facebook awarded data science and marketing automation platform that Big Viking Games acquired earlier this year. With Big Viking Games customized HTML5 development and marketing platform, developers will have access to both cutting edge HTML5 development tools, as well as data science, user acquisition and advanced live operations abilities to create an ideal environment for third-party publishing. Read More

Big Viking Games attracts $21.75 million in investment to increase its lead in HTML5 mobile instant games

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Years of investing in mobile instant gaming using HTML5 are paying off for Big Viking Games. We have received $21.75 million in funding so far to support our strategic initiatives, and we’re planning to raise $60 million more as we seek to partner with developers, publishers, agencies and brands to create the next generation of HTML5 experiences.

Big Viking Games’ focus on HTML5 stated way back in 2012.

“We made the decision to make significant investments in HTML5 instant games because we saw the potential of the technology and how it will define the future of mobile gaming and entertainment,” says BVG co-founder and CEO Albert Lai. “Others have moved away from HTML5 due to the technical investment required but we believe that open standards and more powerful devices will pave the way for a massive shift on mobile phones and tablets.” Read More

Designing the Future at NXNE Future Land Interactive Conference

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0283badA post by Big Viking Games CEO, Albert Lai

It’s no secret that I am a huge believer in the potential of Ontario for becoming the next amazing hot spot for tech and mobile games. We are fortunate to have a fertile ecosystem for tech growth, sustained by a government that is aligned to make this happen, and a strong pipeline of creative and tech talent from Ontario’s educational institutions.

Events like the North by Northeast Future Land Interactive Conference, where I joined a panel this week, are great catalysts to keep this tech ecosystem humming. NXNE’s music-focused festival is a Toronto fixture, and this year they introduced the Interactive Conference to broaden the focus of the festival to include our city’s red-hot gaming community. Read More

Women in Gaming — Big Viking Games ❤ Valkyries

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For International Women’s Day, we gathered the talented Valkyries in our studio (along with some Vikings) and asked them about their experiences working in the tech and gaming industry. BVG encourages all women to pursue opportunities in this space: we welcome talent and passion with open arms, and are always looking for any ambitious and proactive individuals who want to make a big impact.

At Big Viking Games, we foster the development of a variety of different talents and masteries; our employees range from artists to data scientists, sound designers to software engineersand we couldn’t have done it without our incredible lady Vikings.

This International Women’s Day, we at BVG encourage women to break the stereotype by pursuing careers in the tech and gaming industry.