Global Game Jam Armenia 2018 as a platform

This year Global Game Jam (GGJ) game development hackathon was held for the 10th time in the world and for the second time in Armenia. GGJ is not a competition, it has no winners. Instead, it encourages open cooperation of participants, experimentation and innovation. It was held on January 26-28, as usual, during the last weekend of January. In Armenia it was held at American University of Armenia. The organizers of GGJ Armenia were Noor Games, AUA EPIC and UITE. This year the registrations were about twice more. As organizers, we were thinking how to make the event more exciting and effective this time. And we came up with several new ideas that we applied to the evet: We have invited experienced and well known specialists of Armenian game development industry to participate in the event as mentors. They had to help the jammers in the stage of game idea brainstorming as well as during the implementation of their ideas. Therefore, we had game designers, artists, 3D modelers and programmers as mentors. We have organized several tech talks right before the event started. This was a new element to stimulate knowledge sharing. Another reason for these talks was that we  knew that this year we were having very experienced programmers who were participating in the event for the first time…

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Noor Games participated in Casual Connect Kyiv 2017

Victory belongs to the most persevering. -Napoleon Bonaparte Noor Games has participated in Casual Connect in Kyiv, Ukraine this year. Casual Connect is an international conference devoted to game development which was founded in 2006. The event was held on October 24-26 and there were more than 1000 professional attendees, 80 game industry experts and executives from companies such as Apple, Google, Epic, Ubisoft, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Nordeus, Gameloft and so on. Within 3 days, 1200 minutes of educational talks were provided from representatives of industry-leading experts. Topics were covering industry insights, growth, casino, market navigation, technology, monetization, design, marketing, company management, business of games and more. We were so excited to have so many game experts around us. So much experience and knowledge was floating around that one could learn infinitely. Those 3 days were very intense – presentations, workshops, personal meetings, discussions, play-testing, etc. Just around a cup of tea we could learn something that others had understood struggling, trying and failing for several years. I don’t even talk about how powerful the networking aspect was. Nowadays game market is very developed and demanding and, as a result, the competition is very high. We were very interested in how people succeeded in such a tough market. The target was to somehow understand and summarize the key to success…


Where To Find The Best Development Team For Outsourcing Your Project

Introduction Are you a company or an individual looking for a software development team? Are you contemplating outsourcing? It is well known that current educational institutions do not keep up with the ever-growing demand for skilled software engineers in the world, and the situation is predicted to get worse in years to come. Therefore, companies and individuals are relying more and more on finding software developers either by hiring them from overseas or outsourcing the projects. On the other hand, in spite of centralization of workforce in the technological and industrial centers such as the bay area of the Silicon Valley in the USA or the Waterloo Region in Canada, the skill gap is affecting those areas as well. Because of the scarcity of IT professionals the development costs are very high and increasing. Finally, given the dynamics of trends in the information technologies sector, it is reasonable to create a prototype of the product and test it in the market before committing to a long term product development. In this case spending a lot of resources on recruiting, hiring, and training developers can be less effective than approaching a formed team of experienced individuals. For the purpose of developing a prototype, a short term contracts with an outsourcing vendor also could save money on development costs. This also applied…

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The Tax Compliant Citizens

Noor Games is proud to be awarded a certificate of tax compliance by the State Revenue Committee of Armenia. As of 28th of March, 2017, we are among the 76 firms that have passed a thorough examination and monitoring by the committee and are declared to meet the highest standards. This initiative by the RA government was launched in the beginning of 2017 and is aimed at further encouraging taxpayers to comply with all the taxation regulations. It involves publicising the information about the companies that have submitted to tax and customs authorities financial reports and data in a timeframe required by law and have had no breaches or liabilities to the state budget. Moreover, the Central Bank of Armenia will apply beneficial conditions for use of banking services for the certified companies. Dedicated to raising the bars in all aspects of our work, we are always looking forward for any opportunity for aiding in building the trust in Armenian companies in the international market. We are convinced that by chasing excellence and paying attention to details regardless of the occupation and activity, local companies will be able to make a huge impact on the reputation of our home country and aid in it’s development. We at Noor Games intend to continue our efforts in building a successful business based…

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10 Tips for Non-Technical People To Identify Amateur Development Teams

Introduction As a non-technical person have you ever wondered if your technical team is effective? Do you ask yourself if the speed of development and the number of bugs in your project are reasonable? Do you often doubt whether the team you are working with actually suits the needs of your project and should be trusted further? In this post we present to you the symptoms of non-professional software development teams. The points we make have been discussed in the community for a long time and there are multiple sources that we will refer to. We will also add some ideas from the knowledge we have gathered from both working in different companies on different software projects and while being a company and working with multiple customers and other teams. The Symptoms 1. Recurring bugs Recurring bugs are the ones that were once considered fixed but reappear in a later release. This usually happens if a newly implemented feature or a bug fix is somehow related to the area of the original bug. The reason for this phenomenon is related to the fact that while fixing the bug the engineer concentrated only on making the functionality work the way it is described in the expected result of the bug report. Instead, the responsible and professional developer would realize that there…