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P.E.I. company plans to focus on board games in virtual reality

A photo of the Sculpin QA web page.
A photo of the Sculpin QA web page.

Board games will spring to life thanks to new technology being developed in Charlottetown by Sculpin QA.

Sculpin QA is a video game testing and development company that plans to make tabletop-styles games a shared virtual reality (VR) space for Canadians.

With the support of the federal and provincial governments, Sculpin is building a new VR platform and 13 new staff will be added.

ACOA is contributing $420,767 to Sculpin, which must be repaid.

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) is also supporting the project with $144,500 in non-repayable funding.

The Government of P.E.I., through Innovation P.E.I., is providing labour rebates to the company worth up to $320,766, some of which will support this project.

Deirdre Ayre, the head of operations for Sculpin QA, commented, We are delighted to be once again ramping up our development work on P.E.I. Support announced today will assist in product development and marketing, but will also assist in providing meaningful careers for our young people.”

She continued, “The province, ACOA, NRC IRAP, Holland College, and UPEI, together with industry, have championed and created a micro gaming hub in Charlottetown that is the envy of many jurisdictions in Canada and well beyond.”

The investment will drive economic growth, as well as the innovation network and skilled workforce on P.E.I.

“P.E.I. is known throughout the Canadian video game industry as having a vibrant and highly skilled community of developers and that hasn't happened by accident,” concluded Ayre.

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