Let’s GameOn!

GameOn, the largest gaming culture event in the Baltics, was really crowded - it gathered over 6,000 gamers, gamedevs and gaming fans. It’s probably the first serious gaming event in Lithuania and results definitely exceed expectations! Next to CS:GO Baltics Cup battles, video game culture conference, cosplay contest and other exciting activities for gamers, there was Game EXPO - a place where you could try the latest games from all around the world and meet TutoTOONS team, of course. But let’s start from the beginning! Booth Makeover Besides showcasing TutoTOONS game builder at GameOn, we were hoping to meet artists and illustrators who would be interested in working with us and joining our team (p. s. we’re still hiring in LT). But since Halloween was on the same night, we made some special decorations for the celebration, featuring Halloween Sweet Baby Girl, jack-o’-lanterns and spooky Halloween night wallpaper. Fitted really nice next to huge TutoTOONS photo-wall, balloons and stickers! GameOn 2015 We had a record number of team members compared to both other GameOn Expo participants and past events TutoTOONS attended. This reminds GITR’14 regional finals - we also brought the biggest support team there. TutoTOONS booth guests were mostly kids and artists, perfect combo! Children could try our games and get as many stickers as they wanted. Artists and illustrators could discuss game building with TutoTOONS and career opportunities in our startup. Sasha Paleeva, IT photographer at Casual Connect, was at our stand and we really appreciate the team photo she made! See her GameOn album here. Almost famous: photographer Anton Prokopov captured the moment of Sasha taking our team photo. You can find his GameOn photos here. If you saw a balloon at GameOn, it definitely had a TutoTOONS logo. We had balloon girls… … and a balloon beard man. :) But not all kids like balloons, as you may think. Many have turned into gamers in their early years and were way more excited about serious games. The massive audience went wildl watching CS:GO Baltics Cup final game! Video game culture conference was probably the inspiring part of the event. Discussion about children and parents relationship with video games gathered a lot kids but just a few parents. Hope to see more grown ups at future gaming events. If you have gamer kids, you might want to try connecting with them through video games. It could turn out into a really awesome family time! Cosplay contest participants have put a lot of passion, time and work into their costumes. You can watch the whole contest on Žaismo DNR YouTube channel. Deadpool and TutoTOONS developer Deividas could make a great team: To be honest, we did not expect to see such a crowd at the venue. Well done, GameOn team! You will probably need a much bigger space next year to fit all gamers. :) Thank you GameOn team, participants and everyone who visited TutoTOONS booth. See you at the future gaming events!

TutoTRIP to GITR14

This blog post sums up our short trip to Bulgaria to battle in the worldwide startup competition. If you need a little reminder how we became the national winner of Lithuania and got into GITR14, read about TutoTOONS victory at SV2B Startup Battle. DAY 1 | Nov 15 | TutoTRIP Begins On a windy Saturday evening, we left Vilnius for Warsaw. Our quest to Get in the Ring Eastern Europe 2014 regional final begins! The flight was short, only 10 people on board (almost a private jet!) and here we were – strolling in the central streets of Warsaw. The Polish capital is serious about winter holidays – just look at that massive gift! DAY 2 | Nov 16 | Meeting Startups In the morning we were all set and ready to go to Chopin Airport and catch a flight to Sofia at 11:15 (local time). Just a couple of hours up in the sky and we reached the capital of Bulgaria, surrounded by majestic chains of mountains (too bad we didn’t have enough time for a hiking tour). Later that day we had a chance to meet the awesome ABLE team who hosted the whole GITR EE event, members of the jury and, of course, the other finalists, all representing different countries and ready to battle for the name of the best Eastern European startup. The networking party went great! We really enjoyed the opportunity to show how to create a game with TutoTOONS and learn about the best startups in this region directly from their founders. Thumbs up, guys! We also learned that TutoTOONS brought the biggest support team! DAY 3 | Nov 17 | THE FINAL The big day has finally come! Still, plenty of time to practise TutoTOONS pitch and take a free tour around Sofia. Before the event, all startups had a dry run to get used to the stage and set the mood for battling. During the GITR14 Eastern Europe final, 12 startups competed in 6 battles (the winner of the battle is in bold). Battle 1 | Virtual Laboratory (Georgia) vs. TutoTOONS (Lithuania) Battle 2 | Neticle Technologies (Hungary) vs. Veritek (Serbia) Battle 3 | CoModule (Estonia) vs. Stepsss (Bulgaria) Battle 4 | Choo Choo Baby Carrier (Moldova) vs. MEO (Macedonia) Battle 5 | CodeMinter (BY) vs. Youstice (Slovakia) Battle 6 | Axosuits (Romania) vs. OpenCBS (Kyrgyzstan) When the battles were over, the jury made their decision. The winner of GITR EE 2014 is… CHOO CHOO BABY CARRIER! Congratulations and a round of applause from TutoTOONS for Geta, the founder of Choo Choo Baby Carrier! Good luck during the International final in Rotterdam! DAY 4 | Nov 18 | Home Sweet Home The journey back home took us more than 12 hours (door-to-door). Free time between connecting flights is perfect for building something… with LEGO! :) As our trip and this blog post are going to the end, we want to thank for all amazing people that we’ve met during our short stay in Bulgaria. We are very happy to know that you like TutoTOONS. Many thanks for all your support and good luck with your startups! UPDATE | December 3, 2014 Watch the awesome Get in the Ring Eastern Europe 2014 Final aftermovie here: youtube.com/watch?v=gqnUrMyOP3A More TutoTOONS photos from the event: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.602667923192702.1073741838.338978236228340&type=1&l=6fb8f53632  Complete GITR EE 14 Final album here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1530437077199829.1073741833.1465350963708441&type=1 Once more - many thanks to ABLE Bulgaria team for being the best hosts and Creative Visual Solutions for awesome photos and video!