Project Whitecard Studios signs for $750,000 from the Canada Media Fund!
Experimental game concept, “Starlite” to Thrill Mobile Adventurers
Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 13, 2013: Project Whitecard Studios Inc. excitedly delivers the news today that they have signed their contract with the Canada Media Fund for 750,000 dollars in funding for their game concept Starlite, a “thrilling adventure through the solar system, developed in conjunction with NASA.”
The hard-working team is led by CEO Khal Shariff, and is simply "over the moon" to work on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and could not have done it without the support of the vibrant and forward-thinking government and community of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Khal Shariff brings over a decade of experience in web technologies and serious games including immersive learning technologies created in partnership with the Mozilla Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the University of California Irvine.
Children who play Starlite will be able to explore the solar system, build rockets and bases, and craft gear while completing accredited missions and adventures.
“It’s the year 2035 – you’re an astronaut – what’s more amazing than being on the frontier, exploring space? Not much!” said Mr. Shariff. “Our team gets to work with real NASA scientists and engineers, so it’ll be loads of fun to develop, too!”” says Khal.
Over the last five years, Project Whitecard has been incubated at the Eureka Project on the University of Manitoba Campus. It’s been supported by people in organizations across the Province including ANIM & WTC Winnipeg, Economic Development Winnipeg, Onscreen Manitoba, New Media Manitoba, Manitoba Government’s Tax Credit program, the National Research Council, and both Universities: Winnipeg and Manitoba.
Whitecard’s last software, “Planting the Seed,” was developed with the Canadian Space Agency and features a talking virtual astronaut Chris Hadfield. It won a gold medal for serious games and has reached over 1 million students.
Starlite: Astronaut Academy™ is expected to be released in time for the 2014 holiday season. A 20-minute mini-adventure will launch next month to the public.