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Brüha launches Promoter


Hamilton, ON., – April 30, 2018 – Local event technology startup Brüha launches Promoter, the world’s first solution that connects Event Organizers to local event Promoters who directly help them sell more tickets for a commission on every sale. Promoter is the latest feature integrated into the company’s event registration platform.

Since the company’s inception, Brüha’s focus has been around building community, and helping organizers solve their biggest issue today- low attendance at their events. “It’s evident there is a huge problem” says Graeme Davis, CEO of Brüha. “Ticket sales are averaging around forty percent for small to medium sized events, and just over fifty percent for larger events and festivals. The impacts are substantial as a large number of tickets are going unsold each year, and many local businesses are losing money which oftentimes results in them closing shop”.

Promoter is a new, exciting and innovative way for Event Organizers to extend their reach by leveraging networks of the promoters who are often well-connected. And for the Promoters, it is a way to earn money from selling tickets, connect with their local community and enjoy local events at a discounted rate- among many other benefits. Already, the company has seen an influx of sign-ups from bloggers, local businesses and individuals interested in becoming Promoters.

If you’re wondering how this new Promoter feature works, it’s actually quite simple. After listing their event with Brüha, Event Organizers have the ability to search through a list of active Promoters, vett each one personally based on interest and bios, set the commission structure on each ticket, and then send Promoters a request to hire them directly through the platform. Once Promoter(s) receive and accept the hiring request, it’s time to start selling tickets.

“Organizers are always looking for new and effective ways to make their event successful, Promoter makes this achievable” says Brüha’s Head of Growth, Kristian Borghesan. “We’re also providing a way for Promoters to earn cash for promoting local events and supporting the local economy. It’s a win-win situation.”

To learn more about Brüha Promoter, visit

-Create Events. Sell More Tickets-


About Brüha:

Brüha is a Canadian-based event ticketing platform changing the way Event Organizers interact with their local community and manage their events. Brüha is innovating the event industry with Brüha Promoter.

Media Contact:

Kristian Borghesan

Co-Founder, Head of Growth & Marketing


Thrive Games early access release of Dragon of Legends


HAMILTON, Canada – (December 5th, 2017) Thrive Games, a small indie startup based in Hamilton, Ontario, has announced that their flagship product Dragon of Legends, a 2D Online Action RPG, will be ready for Early Access release on December 15th, 2017 (find it here:

After three years of development at The Forge, McMaster University’s Incubator space, co-founders Nathan Dworzak, Michael Huynh, and Parker Martin are now prepared to show the fruits of their labour on Steam Early Access. We are pleased to announce that Dragon of Legends will be available for purchase in an early state of game capacity on Steam’s platform on Friday, December 15th 2017.

The game’s setting and subject matter are centered around the mythical Norse apocalypse, Ragnarok. Players will team up online to complete quests and explore the world of Manheimr, the realm of mortal men and women, in order to thwart the trickster Loki from unleashing Nidhogg, whose destiny includes immolating the world tree called Yggdrasil, that which binds the fabric of the universe together.

The early access program allows us to get the game in the hands of early adopters, so we can incrementally add more content as time goes on. The world of Manheimr and the group dungeons we have planned for you will span the Nine Norse Worlds, in addition to the many territories of the two main continents.

Lead Designer Nathan Dworzak adds, “This Early Access version contains 60% of the first episode to play through, which takes around 4-6 hours to complete, and offers players the chance to experience the first three playable classes – Warrior, Ranger, and Wizard in a single player capacity. Online play is actively being worked on, and should be ready early 2018.”

For further information about Thrive Games and its upcoming title Dragon of Legends, follow us on Facebook and Twitter


About Thrive Games ( or Twitter @Thrive905)

Thrive Games is an independent digital game studio based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Nathan Dworzak
Lead Designer

Parker Martin
Creative Director

Learn WordPress Plugin Development course released

Brian Hogg (@brianhogg) organizer of Hamilton’s WordPress meetup amongst other projects has just released a Learn WordPress Plugin Development online course for early access:

There’s a lot of WordPress plugins out there you can use, but what if you (or your paying client or employer) wants something that doesn’t exist, or maybe works a bit differently? Where do you start?

This course will teach you the fundamentals of building WordPress plugins. I’ll save you hours of googling around the internet trying to find what you need, and hopefully stop you from hacking things together.

Brian has released several WordPress plugins and previously released a WordPress and JavaScript course, early access to this course is only $57.


Debris by Moonray arrives October 2nd


Moonray Studios (@moonraystudios) has announced the release of Debris for October 2nd, 2017!

Check out the trailer below and check out the game on Steam!



Description: Debris is an atmospheric single-player/co-op adventure game set in a surreal frozen ocean. Trapped in the depths, you must reach the surface to survive. Power is scarce, your team is lost and unusual creatures lurk in the darkness. Escape together or die alone.


  • Deep storylines dramatically impacted by the choices you make
  • Single-player and co-op modes
  • A unique underwater setting like nothing you’ve ever seen
  • Stunning graphics with dynamic ice and alien bioluminescence
  • Living creatures with their own domains, desires and attitudes
  • Futuristic weapons and a robotic squid



Star Pirates Infinity launched by SHG studios


Star Pirates Infinity, the next-gen CCG from SHG studios is live for limited release. You can play on PC or Mac, or if in Canada/Australia download on Android or iOS from here:

Star Pirates Infinity (SPI) is a free to play, Collectible Card Game, set within SHG’s dystopian space-opera known as the Starcrash Universe.

“Star Pirates Infinity focuses on competitive PvP, deck building, and completing missions”, says SHG’s Managing Director Colin Ferguson, “SPI contains SHG’s signature social features coupled with active moderating to keep the game about the game. We’ve been creating great communities for 9 years, with the original, and other SHG titles.”

“9 years later, some of those original players, are now enjoying SPI. People tend to come for the game, and stay for the community”, adds Greg Ferguson, CEO of SHG Studios. “This was, by far, our biggest project to date, and we think it’s the best. Hopefully the new players agree!”

Almost 2 years in the making, with dozens of contributors, SPI marks a monumental accomplishment for SHG Studios and we are extremely thankful for the support we have received from ODMC’s IDMF Production and CMF’s Experimental Fund.

SPI is available on PC or Mac and if in Canada/Australia download on Android or iOS from here:

The Game Trailer for Star Pirates Infinity can be found here:



Questions about the game, including media requests, can be directed to:


About SHG

SHG Studios is an independent casual game developer. We create casual games focused on social interaction. Players come for the games, and stay for the community. Our focus since day one has been on engaging social and community mechanics with our games. Players who joined us over 9 years ago, and still play, will attest to this. Our community development dynamics allows us to punch beyond our size and battle it out with the big players in the casual gaming world. We are very cognizant this is why players choose us over our competitors, and we build our games and communities accordingly.


About IDMF

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.


About CMF

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships.


Happy Hippo Games releases Coin Bulldozer


New Hamilton indie gaming firm Happy Hippo Games (@happyhippogames) just released their first game Coin Bulldozer on the Android App Store.



Coin Bulldozer – tap to drop coins from the hopper onto the play area. The coin bulldozer shoves them into a pile – be careful not to let them fall off the sides into the water.

Use boosters for walls, quakes and coin showers to push the prizes into the hopper. Level up for fun!

Over 30 collectable prizes! Family safe – fun for all!

Note: we do offer ads if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wait for coins to replenish, if you want to use that option please ensure you accept the two permissions at game start so the game can give you the boosts and coins!



Obie accepted in 500 startups


Very exciting news for the Tasytt (@tasytt) team – their AI edtech / virtual assistant Slackbot Obie (@AskObie) was accepted into the newest cohort of 500 startups!

500 startups is one of the world’s leading startups accelerators… staying true to the name the program really has funded 500+ startups, many of them going on to very successful exists. For example 500 startups alumni MakerBot sold for $403 million. The seed program takes 6 equity in exchange for $150k in funding. The batch of startups Obie was accepted into will be the 20th for 500 startups.

On top of that great news, Obie released a 2.0 version was listed on Product Hunt today! Wow – congrats, Tasytt!


Joe Crozier releases Sensor Logger iOS app

Hamilton-area developer Joe Crozier (@joe_crozier) released the Sensor Logger on the iOS app store today.

Check out the details below, and if you’re interested in seeing how it works some docs are available on his website.



Sensor Logger is the easiest way to stream sensor data from your iOS device straight to a locally hosted server in the form of or HTTP requests. With a stripped down, minimal interface, Sensor Logger provides exactly what you need and nothing that you don’t.

– Track your device’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer.
– Adjustable streaming period with a maximum speed of roughly 3 polls/second.
– Two protocols to use, HTTP or (WebSocket library)
– Sample node.js server with JSON and CSV exporting is available from the developer’s website,

Please note – this app is meant for developers who wish to use their iOS device to monitor the world around them. If you’re not comfortable writing code it’s recommended you use a different application for this task.


Chipsetter kickstarter launches


Hamilton, ON, September 27, 2016 – After more than two years of development, Chipsetter is excited to announce the launch of the Chipsetter ONETM, the first industrial grade desktop pick and place machine designed for today’s innovators. Robotic pick and place machines automatically place surface mount devices (SMDs) onto printed circuit boards to make the modules that are used in nearly all electronic products. Offering features previously found only on factory floor pick and place machines costing tens of thousands of dollars, the Chipsetter ONE makes rapid hardware prototyping an affordable reality. Electronics developers will no longer be forced to choose between tedious manual assembly or costly contract service providers.




By enabling automated in­house assembly, the Chipsetter ONE desktop pick and place machine provides complete control over assembly cost, turnaround time and quality. The idea for Chipsetter ONE was born when Chipsetter founder Alan Sawula was an undergraduate Mechatronics Engineering student at McMaster University. As an active member of the maker community, Sawula was familiar with the challenges inherent in prototype circuit board assembly. Inspired by how desktop 3D printers were empowering designers by turning their ideas into objects quickly and inexpensively, he imagined a similar solution for electronics. After earning his Master’s degree, Sawula’s work on the project accelerated. By 2015, he had recruited a small team of engineers, incorporated the company, and been awarded a development grant by the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Having honed the design of Chipsetter ONE through three generations of prototypes, the team is now turning to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to finance full production.




“The Chipsetter ONE is the tool we’ve always wanted.” says Sawula. “As makers ourselves, we know that great ideas come from everyone, but without access to the right tools those ideas will never exist. Fast and affordable assembly of small batches of electronics is the last remaining barrier to unlocking the next era of electronics development. We hope that those who share our excitement about this next stage in the desktop manufacturing revolution will support our Kickstarter campaign.”

Highlights of Chipsetter ONE:

● Placement speed: Up to 1250 component placements per hour.

● Minimal Setup time: Control software uses built­in cameras to automate system setup.

● Placement accuracy: 30 microns repeatability.

● Vision System: Board fiducial and Component alignment.

● Part sizes: Handles components down to 0402.

● Board sizes: Up to 13.5” x 10”.

● Pickup Heads: Two pickup heads for increased placement speed.

● Nozzle rack: 8­position auto tool changer eliminates operator intervention.

● Tape and Reel Feeders: Removable electronic feeders enable pickup of tape and reel packaged components in 8mm, 12mm and 16mm reel widths.

● Feeder capacity: Up to 40 8mm Tape and Reel Feeders.

● Trays: Accepts JEDEC and custom trays.

● Cut Tape Trays: Accepts components in sections of cut tape.

● Tube Feeder: Accepts components in tube packages.

● Machine size: 34” wide x 28” deep x 21 1⁄2” high.

● Assembly Data: Control software reads BOM and centroid data from CSV format files, and communicates with the machine via standard USB interface.

The Chipsetter ONE desktop pick and place system, including ten feeders and eight assorted vacuum nozzles, can be pre­ordered directly from Chipsetter for US$5999. Additional reel feeders are available for pre­order at US$99 each. Starting September 27, a limited number of units will be offered through Chipsetter’s Kickstarter campaign starting at US$3499.




About Chipsetter:

Chipsetter Inc., based in Hamilton Ontario Canada, designs and manufactures electronics assembly equipment. Its products help circuit designers and low volume manufacturers build high quality assemblies quickly and affordably. In September 2016, Chipsetter launched its first product, the Chipsetter ONE desktop pick and place machine. Learn more at



For more information about Chipsetter and Chipsetter ONE, please contact

David A. Gilmour
Business Development Manager, Chipsetter Inc
Office: +1(289)768­2270
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