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Pixelmatic combines match-three with RPGs in Gem Wizard

Inside Mobile Apps: Pixelmatic has announced the launch of its blitz-style match-three game Gem Wizard on iOS and Android. The game combines match-three with RPG-inspired item collecting and crafting, and was created by a team of industry veterans from companies including Ubisoft, Activision and Relic. When starting Gem Wizard, players choose their starting weapon and gemstone. Each has a different effect on the overall gameplay, with daggers rewarding players with extra gold, and the wand offering an XP boost, as examples. Meanwhile, gems give players access to spells, like one for stopping the clock while playing, or another for destroying gems in a fiery blaze. In each 60-second game, players tap on groups of three…

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Developing for Japan from China: an interview with the makers of Gem Wizard

Games in Asia: Every day, Asian game companies release new games for iOS and Android into the market. Getting your game noticed and ranked becomes more challenging each day. I sat down with Samson Mow, who is the CEO and co-founder of Pixelmatic (a mobile app developer based in Shanghai that has released its debut game in the Japanese market). Mow comes from Canada but prior to founding his company, he worked for Ubisoft China in Chengdu and Shanghai. He just recently launched Gem Wizard in Japan and we wanted to have a short chat with him about the experience of being a mobile game developer in Asia. FY: So what’s your game about? SM:…

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Canadian-Chinese dev Pixelmatic looks to create “truly social” mobile games

PocketGamer.biz: New mobile start-up Pixelmatic sits at the intersection of three key market trends. Its co-founders come from triple-A game development companies such as Ubisoft, Activision Blizzard, and Relic. Its management team is based in Vancouver with its core development staff in Shanghai. It’s also looking to create what it refers to as “true social games”. “True social games are games that can enhance existing relationships as well as encouraging new connections,” says CEO Samson Mow, pointing to the rise of platforms like LINE, KakaoTalk, and WeChat. “We’re on the precipice of a new generation of social mobile games.” Hitting the ground, socialising Pixelmatic has been operating in stealth mode for a while; forming in…

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