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A Calgary-based company is hoping to make the city a hub for gaming with a new partnership program that supports creators with new game development ventures.

Thin Air Labs is joining forces with award-winning developer, New World Interactive, which is opening a new studio space in downtown Calgary.

The new initiative, called Thin Air Games (TAG), officially launched in Calgary Economic Development’s booth at the Collision conference in Toronto on Wednesday morning.

“If you have a game idea, a team and can bring the whole thing to Calgary, we want to talk to you and help you build your venture,” said James Lochrie, partner in Thin Air Labs.

TAG will give up to 50 new gaming venture teams the opportunity to launch in Calgary over the next four years. Teams from within the city, across the country, and around the world will receive support with funding, growing, and finding success in the industry.

It’s not just developers who will benefit. Thin Air representatives believe their program will help diversify Calgary’s tech sector, fill office space, and build a new kind of ecosystem. 

“This will help transform the city,” said Greg Hart, a partner in Thin Air Labs. “Gaming developers have a totally different way of working. Their nine to five could be 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. So along with growing new companies in Calgary, this will also shift demands for the local community in terms of restaurants, shopping and street vibrancy.” 

Game developers who believe they have a winning idea and are seeking support to commercialize can submit an application to Thin Air Games at www.thinairgames.ca.

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