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Veewo: An indie developer’s passion for beautiful games
Monday, September 19, 2016
Founded in 2011,
is an independent game developer based in Xiamen, China. Their games include
Just Get 10
and the recent hit
Super Phantom Cat
which was downloaded 120,000 times in a single week on Google Play. As part of our
series of interviews
with entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific, we spoke with Jason Yeung, CEO and co-founder, to find out just how this small developer studio in China has made serious strides in gaming around the world.
Tell us about Veewo in just one sentence.
Veewo’s vision is to perfectly replicate the original game playing experience on mobile.
Why did you choose to become a developer?
Games were always a source of great joy for me growing up. I became a developer because I wanted to bring this same sense of happiness to game lovers all over the world.
What lessons have you learned along the way?
Over the years, I’ve learned the importance of collaboration and why it’s so important to build a great team.
The Veewo family celebrate success
The one thing everyone at Veewo has in common is a love for design. Despite our different roles, we all consider ourselves designers at heart, and so we’re all focused on and pride ourselves on making small, but truly beautiful games. We’re also always open to working on each other’s projects or getting involved in different areas of expertise, so there’s always fresh insight.
Everyone at Weevo is a designer, with creative spaces to inspire
Another thing I’ve learned is just how fierce competition is. There is so much to choose from in the mobile gaming market, making it tough to stand out and become profitable.
What is your advice for anyone who wants to get started as a developer?
Never try to build the next big thing when you are just starting out. Focus on what you can realistically achieve with tight timelines and small budgets, and get it out there to test it. Producing a small number of really well-made games is your best bet to finding product-market fit.
Indie teams should also think about how they promote their product in the early stages. We see a lot of small shops just focusing on the build, and that’s simply not enough!
If you’re an indie developer, you may not necessarily have the financial resources to put towards user acquisition. This is another reason why it’s important to offer a great user experience. This is why we are constantly looking to improve and build with Android’s latest tools.
With dedicated fans across the world, how do you stay connected to your global players?
One of the coolest things about being on Google Play is seeing our games go global. A lot of our most dedicated players are actually based in the U.S. On Google Play, game comments are automatically translated. This really helps us maintain a close relationship with our fans. We take their feedback very seriously and Google Play tools allow us to connect to our players no matter where they are from.
What's next for your company? What are some of your hopes for the future?
We are developing a game I am really excited about called Super Phantom Cat II. It will have more beautiful graphics, including ones that depict activities such as parkour and swimming. Stay tuned!
Who’s your Internet idol and why?
at Nintendo is absolutely my idol. I’ve always looked up to developers at Nintendo. I would like to think that Veewo Games sort of pays homage to the Nintendo games I used to play as a kid. My team strives to recreate that same experience we all had as kids before the era of mobile gaming, and we believe that video games should be focused on happiness and joy, not violence or war.
Can you run a data center without waste? We are now in Singapore and Taiwan
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Did you know that Singapore is projected to run out of landfill space by 2035? According to the
, every year 200,000 tons of solid waste and ash are received at the
. That’s a lot of trash – equivalent to the weight of 18 Eiffel towers, 25,000 elephants or 100,000 houses.
Today, we’re excited to announce that none of that waste comes directly from our data center here in Singapore (or, to landfills in Taiwan, from our data center there). That’s because both our Singapore and Taiwan data centers have reached a 100% landfill diversion rate, in line with a global commitment we’ve made to achieve “
zero waste to landfill
” for our data centers globally.
This zero waste to landfill effort is part of a broader goal we have at Google to weave
circular economy principles
into everything we do. That means instead of using raw resources (timber and ore, for example) to create new products, we keep materials in circulation for multiple uses, whether they are maintained, reused, refurbished, or recycled.
So how do we accomplish this at our data centers here in Asia, where our servers that help millions of people across the region Search, keep in touch over Gmail and stream millions of hours of YouTube a day need constant upgrading and maintenance?
To start, before we buy any new equipment or materials, we look for ways to reuse what we already have. Last year, more than half of the components we used for machine upgrades were from refurbished inventory. With the remaining equipment, we resold most into secondary markets for reuse by other organizations, and we recycled a small percentage of un-reusable hardware.
That covers the machines, but what about everything else? To reduce daily waste, we encourage Googlers to be environmentally conscious. We make recycling very easy by placing waste sorting bins like the below throughout the facilities in strategic locations.
Sorting cans in Singapore on top, and food and other waste sorting bins in Taiwan on bottom
For the small amount of waste that is still produced locally, we use our own trash disposal systems like this trash compactor at our facility in Singapore:
In addition to our two facilities in Asia, four of our other data centers in Europe and the U.S. -- nearly half -- have achieved 100% landfill diversion of all waste to date. And we’re committed to achieving zero waste at the rest of our data centers soon. As my colleague Jim Miller
, it’s just the kind of challenge that excites us.
Posted by Randy First, Director of Hardware Operations, Asia Pacific
Keeping it un-real with today’s Doodle in Japan
Monday, September 12, 2016
Today on our
we pay homage to
, the man who has helped many a diner decide what to order at the restaurant, thanks to his re-invention of wax and plastic replica foods.
The practice of creating
— derived from the English word "sample"— dates back to the 1920s. Takizo Iwasaki, however, is credited with making the plastic truly fantastic with his creation of a perfectly “cooked” omelet made of wax in the 1930s. Urban legend has it that when Takizo presented his creation to his wife, she couldn't tell the difference between the sampuru and the real thing!
Many of the world’s replica food continues to be made in Takizo’s home city of
. The visual feasts continued to be handmade to maintain the quality of the sampuru and the unique dishes that each restaurant requests — although plastic rather than wax is now the material of choice.
Today's Doodle features the original omelet which changed the landscape of sampuru forever and marks what would have been Takizo Iwasaki’s 121st birthday.
Posted by Miki Matsushita, Product Marketing Manager, Japan
Making Google a little bit FASTER across Asia
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Did you notice your email sending just a bit faster this morning? Maybe your favorite YouTube video loaded more quickly? Or perhaps your BigQuery result returned even faster than usual?
Well, that could be because we've just started bringing a new high-speed undersea cable online in Asia.
Back in June, the six-member FASTER Consortium began beaming light through the
, the world's fastest fiber optic undersea cable to date, which connects the United States and Japan. We wanted to spread this lightning fast connectivity a little bit farther, though.
So, to extend the benefits of this Trans-Pacific link to the rest of Asia, we invested in a cable that links FASTER in Japan on to Taiwan, where our
largest data center in Asia
provides millions of people across Asia with quick access to our tools and services, at speeds of up to 26 terabits per second.
But wait, what does 26 terabits per second even mean?
You may not notice right away, but this new cable should help Google products and services load more quickly across the region. It should also improve the reliability and consistency of this speedier experience, since the cable was strategically built outside of tsunami zones to help prevent network outages related to natural disasters.
With more people coming online every day in Asia than anywhere else in the world, we’ve been working hard to invest in the infrastructure needed to make the Internet work for all of us who live in the region. That’s why we’ve built
two data centers in the region
and have already
expanded our facility in Singapore
. It’s also why we’re investing in these undersea cables – to make everyone's computing just a bit faster and to bring people around the world just a bit closer together.
Posted by Yan Tang, Network Resource APAC Regional Lead, Google
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