Mechabit takes Liverpool digital expertise across Atlantic

Fri, May 12th, 2017

Mechabit, has crossed the Atlantic to the US to engage with others in industry

The Liverpool city region’s digital and creative sector is worth almost £1bn a year and that growing expertise is now being recognised internationally.

Independent video games studio, Mechabit, has already crossed the Atlantic to the US to engage with others in the industry and to showcase its own products.

And Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce has played a key role in the city centre-based firm’s development.
Machabit was established in Liverpool in 2013 by digital entrepreneur Kevin Tsang.

The following year he was among the first batch of entrepreneurs to enter the chamber’s Spark Up business accelerator programme.

Spark Up is an intense boot-camp style programme that identifies the most dynamic entrepreneurs in the Liverpool city region and help them to move onto the next level.

Mechabit wanted to use the Spark Up programme as a platform for the business, develop their business skills and help identify and secure funding opportunities.

Through Spark Up they were introduced to a DIT (formerly UKTI) advisor who was able to help them build contacts in the gaming industry.

Kevin says: “Our focus is on accessibility, creativity and innovation.

“We've entered several games into Virtual Reality game competitions including Chicken Walk, ElementL and Neuralgia.”

Mechabit attended a Q&A session in Liverpool organised by interactive games industry body, UKIE, which was offering to the Game Developers Conference in the US.

Liverpool & Sefton Chambers were able to assist with travel and accommodation for the event.

Kevin added: “UKIE had a UK stand which gave us a greater presence then going alone so we decided to go to connect with American developers and the wider games industry.

“It was also a great opportunity to showcase our studio and games and collect feedback for our then early in-development VR title - Pierhead Arcade - with the support of Vavle and HTC who loaned us a headset.

“From the event we also got meetings with Nintendo and Sony and VR headset manufacturers among others which really helped propel our studio in developing for more platforms.

“It was an invaluable event and and one that would be our of reach without all the support we got.”

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