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Local game studio shines at U.S. conference

Victoria video game studio TinyMob Games is punching above its weight after revealing its first mobile and tablet game on Friday at PAX East, North America's biggest gaming conference.

The game, Tiny Realms, is a fantasy real-time strategy game for iPad and iPhone that puts users in a world of orcs, dwarves and monsters in the quest to build an empire.

“We’re very proud of depth and quality of the gameplay we've created," said Alex Mendelev, CEO of TinyMob Games. "It’s combining the very best elements of real time strategy with complete accessibility for a range of mobile gamers.”

The 15-person studio, which opened last September in downtown Victoria, includes game industry professionals from Electronic Arts, Zynga and Microsoft Studios.

The company completed a $2-million round of angel investment earlier this year to help boost its operations and create Tiny Realms.

"The industry is challenging. It's what's known as a hit-driven industry. But this is the second game studio I've started, so I've been there before," Mendelev told the ***News earlier this year.

Victoria's video game sector creates an estimated $24 million in spending, according to number from the Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC).

More than two thirds of Victoria's 19 game studios plan to hire someone within the next year.

Tiny Realms will be available on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch later this spring.

Visit TinyRealmsGame.com to see the launch trailer, learn about game features and join the Inner Realm, the Tiny Realms community.

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