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ALMEDALEN 2018

We're at Almedalen this year. Or should we call it #AlmeDalarna. This video is in Swedish, but if you click in at 16:30 in the video you'll see and hear Tensions CEO, Magnus Björkman talk about Gamification. Something that feels very right in time right now! 

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AUGUST 8TH - STUGAN EVENT -

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On August 8 at 14:30 to 16:00, PlaygroundSquad and the organization Stugan invites you to the Tensionhouse for a really awesome day in real computer game spirit!
This year, 15 teams from 11 different countries gather to develop computer games during a few weeks in Bjursås! If you want to be here when the games are presented and get the chance to be one of the first to test the games? Then do not miss this awesome opportunity!


Stugan, named after the first Swedish commercial game that was made in 1978, is an international, non-profit organization where current game developers want to give back to new game developers.
Welcome to the Tension House! You can find us on Trotzgatan 29, 791 71 Falun.
 
Follow the cottage on Facebook @stugancamp www.stugan.com
 

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ADIT STUDIOS - GAME WEEK

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This week is something we all have been looking very much forward to here at Tension! Between the 25th and 29th of June we’ll convene for the first ever Adit Game Week to present and brainstorm ideas. This is very exciting. We can't tell you more about the game right now of course. But in time, yes. Game week is ON!

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PLAYGROUNDSQUAD SHOWREEL 2018

Here are some of the awesome games that our students at PlaygroundSquad made! To see more projects and learn more about PlaygroundSquad visit their website. PlaygroundSquad has educated in the field of game development since the new millennium, and is part of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s unique academic game development programme, PlayStation®First, which provides education partners with access to PlayStation development hardware and the opportunity to publish on the PlayStation®Network.
On PlaygroundSquads website you can also read more about the education itself and check out all the projects that have been made during the years. It's pretty inspiring! 

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STUGAN 25th June - 11th August

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Tension is proud to be a sponsor to this years edition of Stugan!

So what is Stugan:
"Stugan is a Swedish non-profit accelerator for games, situated in a beautiful location where people from all over the world can come and work on their games for free. The games which will be created in the cabin will be owned by the participants themselves. The project aims to help young talented game developers to start their career."

This year there will be 15 teams from 11 different countries! Amazing! In the middle beginning om August there will be an event at the Tensionhouse where the teams are going to show their games. More info about that soon!

To read more about Stugan, please visit www.stugan.com and don't forget to follow them on facebook @stugancamp for the latest news! You can now read about this years teams there! 

Look at these 15 amazing games that will be created during this years Stugan edition! 

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Tension först i världen med 5G-app under OS i PyeongChang

Falubaserade Tension har producerat en OS-app kallad KT Omniview åt koreanska KT Corporation som visades på plats i PyeongChang under världspremiären av 5G idag. Appen är särskilt testad för Samsungs 5G-prototyp och låter bland annat användaren följa skidlopp i 3D med strömmande livevideor, åkarpositioner och resultat i realtid. Bakom all data som visualiseras i appen står Ericsson, precis som i det tidigare samarbetet med Tension under skid-VM i Falun 2015.

KT Corporation utvecklar världens första 5G-nät i Korea med smygpremiär under OS. För att demonstrera tekniken anlitades Tension för att ta fram appen KT Omniview, baserad på funktionalitet som togs fram under skid-VM i Falun 2015. I lördagens skiathlonlopp för damer kunde användare växla mellan 17 kameror och i realtid följa spåret från valfri tävlandes perspektiv i 3D-miljö. Utöver att visa positioner för de 62 deltagarna på kartan med flaggor och namn kan appen också ställas in att automatiskt välja närmaste kamera för den åkare som följs.

-”Idag har vi sett Charlotte Kalla ta hem guld både i verkligheten och virtuellt, det känns dubbelt fantastiskt här i Alpensia” säger Magnus Björkman, VD för Tension.

För att utveckla KT Omniview har Tension använt sig av Tension OnSite, en plattform för utveckling av program som på olika sätt visualiserar kartor och event kombinerat med realtidsdata, för PC, Android, iOS och Sony PlayStation. Plattformen har använts för appar till bland annat skid-VM 2015, Swedish Open och festivalen Peace & Love. KT Omniview finns i både vanlig version samt i VR för Samsung Gear VR. Appen har inte släppts publikt utan demonstreras på plats under OS i PyeongChang i ett lokalt 5G-nät – världens första.

Tension har samarbetat med Ericsson i Sverige och Ericsson-LG i Korea under två års tid för att utveckla KT Omniview, och den första versionen testkördes under för-OS 2017. Ericsson står för serverteknik och insamlande av all realtidsdata som sedan strömmas ned och presenteras i appen.

In English:

Tension first in the world with 5G app during OS in PyeongChang!
The Falun based company Tension has produced an OS app called KT Omniview for Korean KT Corporation, which was shown at PyeongChang during the world premiere of 5G. The app has been specifically tested for Samsung's 5G prototype, allowing users to follow 3D skiing trails with streaming live videos, races and real-time results. Behind all the data visualized in the app Ericsson stands as in previous cooperation with Tension during the World Cup in Falun 2015.

KT Corporation developed the world's first 5G network in Korea with a smash premiere during the Olympics. To demonstrate the technology, Tension was employed to develop the KT Omniview app, based on functionality featured during the World Championship World Cup in Falun 2015. During the Saturday skating athletics race, users were able to switch between 17 cameras and in real time follow the track from any contests perspective in 3D -environment. In addition to displaying positions for the 62 participants on the map with flags and names, the app can also be set to automatically select the closest camera for the rider followed.

"Today, we have seen Charlotte Kalla take home gold both in reality and virtual, it feels amazing here in Alpensia," says Magnus Björkman, CEO of Tension.

To develop KT Omniview, Tension has used Tension OnSite, a platform for software development that visualizes maps and events combined with real-time data for PC, Android, iOS and Sony PlayStation. The platform has been used for apps to include the World Cup 2015, Swedish Open and the Peace & Love festival. KT Omniview is available in both the regular version and the VR for the Samsung Gear VR. The app has not been released publicly but is demonstrated on-site during the PyeongChang Olympic Games in a local 5G network - the world's first.

Tension has collaborated with Ericsson in Sweden and Ericsson-LG in Korea for two years to develop KT Omniview, and the first version was tested during the 2010 OS. Ericsson stands for server technology and collecting all real-time data that is then streamed down and presented in app.

 

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Kalla finishes in the app

 From left to right: Mats Persson - Creative Director, Magnus Björkman - CEO

From left to right:
Mats Persson - Creative Director, Magnus Björkman - CEO

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5G Pavilion, Omniview VR and Omniview

 The team on site: From left to right: Fredrik Hultkrantz, Junmook Lim, Mats Persson, Magnus Björkman, Marcus Gobert, Gwangsu Kim 

The team on site: From left to right: Fredrik Hultkrantz, Junmook Lim, Mats Persson, Magnus Björkman, Marcus Gobert, Gwangsu Kim 

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Omniview in action

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TENSION ONSITE

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Tensions CEO Magnus Björkman and Creative Diretor Mats Persson are now on their way to Pyeongchang in Korea for The 2018 Winter Olympics. 
Can you see the little horse that they're bringing on this trip? It's the Tension dalahorse, with our logotype and a QR code on it. The QR code will take you to our website. 
We have something really cool that will be presented during the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a few days we will show you what that is. But we can give you a hint- Tension OnSite. Remember that name. 

Until then- don't forget to follow us on our social media channels. Follow the hashtag #TensionOnSite on Instagram (@Tensionhuset) and you can also find us on facebook under the name Tension Graphics

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Can you bring biking into the future?

 Tomas Jons Falu municipality, Magnus Björkman Tension, Håkan Westerlund Tension, Linnea Johansson Biking Dalarna, Mats Persson Tension and Hampus Olofsson Lugnet. Emil Lindgren and Kent Lövgren are not in this picture.

Tomas Jons Falu municipality, Magnus Björkman Tension, Håkan Westerlund Tension, Linnea Johansson Biking Dalarna, Mats Persson Tension and Hampus Olofsson Lugnet. Emil Lindgren and Kent Lövgren are not in this picture.

Biking Dalarna consists of seven destinations and a total of 106 kilometers of cross country leader, 23 miles of leisure cycling, 60 mile road cycling and 5 downhill trails.

This past Friday, some of us from Tension were at an exciting and interesting meeting together with Tomas Jons, Falu municipality, professional cyclist Emil Lindgren and Linnea Johansson from Biking Dalarna. We shared some ideas and talked about how to take biking into the future. This is very exciting and we are glad to be a part of it. 

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WHAT IS GAMIFICATION?

 Photo: Overview Skutskär by Tension

Photo: Overview Skutskär by Tension

This has to be the year where you’ve heard the word Gamification the most? Am I right?
So what is Gamification? Well, how many of you play games? You play on your smartphone, TV or computer - or maybe you play games on all of them. Anyway, it is something most of us do, we just love games. The "gaming world" now includes almost all of us, and that’s really cool! We can all be a part of it!


So, why not use games in our daily work? Or in line at our local grocery store? Or when you're driving a car and want to use as little gas as possible? Gamification is used to increase engagement and it can be applied in many different kinds of industries. A simple example would be to enable the users of a system to earn different rewards, by collecting points when performing tickets or tasks. Gamification can also be used for educational purposes, where users will be able to quickly learn a system without reading from a manual, and get feedback faster. There is a bunch of different examples - and if you have more fun at work, then creativity and efficiency increase!

An example on how we at Tension work with gamification is Stora Enso Skutskär. They wished for “something” that kept the employees motivated, more focused and excited at the pulp manufacturing plant. They wanted to modernize their system for ease of use, and be more attractive to young people applying for jobs. And those new employees and substitute workers also had to find their way around the factory maze. And let’s not forget the safety issues! All this sounded like a real challenge.
To help them stay on top of their game, we at Tension developed a gamification project together with Stora Enso’s Fiber departement manager Lasse Aspelin. The result is an interactive 3D map of the factory's all pipes, machines and people, with routine information and any emergencies clearly displayed on a big screen. In the near future we hope to add more exciting things to the project so that the employees can start to earn rewards, get feedback quicker and to have more fun at work! 

If you have questions about this, please contact Tofva in marketing here at Tension.

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Photo: Tension

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Photo: Tension

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Photo: Stora Enso

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DALA PRIDE BREAKFAST AT THE TENSION HOUSE

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Our Pride breakfast is served! 

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Linnea Risinger visited us from Falu Pride culture association.

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Glitter, flags and Love was splashed all around our big conferens room in the house aka Challenge. This is where the event was held.

Some of PlaygroundSquads supervisors enjoyed the range of breakfast options.

Everyone has a right to love, be who they want to be and do what makes them happy.
This is something we think is very important at the Tension house. So during Dala Pride week, we really wanted to do something special. Special we did, we held a Pride breakfast for anyone who wanted to join. Or as a clever person at Tension said on why a Pride breakfast was a great idea -
"We can't change the world right away, but we can take small steps together."

We had an idea of getting people together on Friday as a final touch before the Pride parade on Saturday. So we did! At 8:30 we filled our biggest event room with guests and had the pleasure of having Linnea Risinger here from Falu Pride culture association during our breakfast. She talked about Dala Pride festival as it is a intersectional norm critical festival that was launched in 2012 and how it has grown bigger every year since then. 
Their goal is to awaken new thoughts from the visitors and question invasive thinking patterns, and they want to do that with personal stories, unexpected knowledge in unexpected forms, meetings between different kinds of people, cultural experiences, and by connecting different issues with each other so that we suddenly see new ways of dealing with ourselves and others. 

Linnea also talked about what it can be like as a queer gamer, how people treat you online and women in the gaming industry. What an image of the classic gamer looks like and what the statistics look like this year for women in the industry. Have we become more women in the game industry or has it start to stagnate. What do you think? We know. What we also know is that according to the Swedish Game Industry Developer Index Report of 2016 the number of women working in the industry today is more than the number of men who worked in the industry ten years ago.

After a great breakfast we continued with a discussion regarding all of the topics we touched during Linneas speach, this time together with a local newspaper.
We made plans for the future. Exhiting things are coming up and we are very proud to be a part of that journey. It is time to roll up our shirt sleeves and get to work! 

We want to stay in the front row. Exactly where we belong. 
If you want to be a part of our next event or have questions about this event. Feel free to contact us. 

A big THANK YOU to Linnea Risinger who came to the event! We are so happy for that!

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THE ORE GAME AT THE TECHNICAL MUSEUM IN STOCKHOLM

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If you are planning a visit to the Technical Museum in Stockholm you have to try out "The Ore Game" developed by us at Tension. In this mini-game you work in a modern mine and your mission is to break ore and get it all the way to the surface! You have about 3 minutes from start to end. It is a fun game to try out when visiting the exhibition.

The Mine is a permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm and it has been going through a major makeover recently. It now houses an entire new area where we you can interact with simulators, games, explosives and powerful machines. Something we are very happy to be a part of!

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PEACE & LOVE APPEN

Nyheter i version 1.1.0- Uppdaterad version inför 2017.
Appen har blivit snabbare och 50% mer rosa - allt för att du ska vara redo för festival!

PEACE & LOVE

För andra året i rad har vi på Tension utvecklat den officiella appen för Peace & Love.
Laddade du ner förra årets app? Då behöver du bara göra en uppdatering.
Appen finns tillgänglig för iOS & Android
Du hittar appen i App store & Google play.

Peace & Love 6-8 Juli i Borlänge

Välj spelschema bland över 100 artister, se vilken scen de spelar på och provlyssna via Spotify eller Youtube. Se vilka som spelar just nu på en karta över området och skapa ditt egen spelschema.

Nu är det inte många dagar kvar innan festivalen äger rum! Vi är så laddade inför det!

Vilken artist ser du mest fram emot att se?

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DEVCON

Creative Director Mats and our CEO Magnus have arrived at DevCon in London, which is Sonys internal development forum for game developers that they work with.

Mats and Magnus will be showing some of the games that the PlaygroundSquad students have done and also the 3 games that were presented last friday by our 1st year students. So cool! 

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MINISTER ANNA EKSTRÖM VISITED US

 From the left: Chair of the Executive Committee Susanne Norberg (S), PlaygroundSquads Education Manager Linnea Agné and The Swedish Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training Anna Ekström (S).

From the left: Chair of the Executive Committee Susanne Norberg (S), PlaygroundSquads Education Manager Linnea Agné and The Swedish Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training Anna Ekström (S).

We had the privilege to have Anna Ekström, The Swedish Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training here for a visit on May 10th. We also had Susanne Norberg (S) here who is the Chair of the Executive Commitee here in Falun. Together we gave them a tour of the Tensionhouse and they also visited our higher vocational education PlaygroundSquad (YH-utbildning) where students are put in the fastlane towards the game industry.
90% of students who finish their higher vocational education (YH-utbildning) have jobs when they graduate. We are very proud to be a part of this statistics.
The PlaygroundSquad students have their graduation this upcoming friday so alot of things were in the making. Our visitors were given the opportunity to try out some of the games that are being presented May 12th. They even got a chance to speak with some of the students regarding PlaygroundSquad

If you have questions about the visit or our higher vocational education, please contact Linnea Agné- Education manager at PlaygroundSquad.

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THE INTEREST COMPOUND BERGSLAGET

Last week we attended The Interest Compound Bergslaget. The theme seminar for the day was to discuss the picture of Bergslagen. Our CEO Magnus Björkman talked about what we at Tension do, the game idustry and what the word gamification means and how we use it. Tension is involved with different kinds of projects where we use gamification. 

We thank The Interest Compound Bergslaget for inviting us to be a part of this day. 

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PRESSINFORMATION Digital plattform för gamifiering i Dalarna

Nu gifter sig besöksnäringen och spelindustrin i Dalarna!

Pressinformation 28 april 2017

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Idag står det klart att Tension och Region Dalarna inleder sitt projekt kring Gamification. Tillsammans ska vi bygga upp en ny digital plattform och unik innovationsmiljö. Vad händer om man kombinerar två av Sveriges mest växande näringar i landet, spelindustrin och turistindustrin. Gamification kan man använda genom att skapa nya dimensioner i upplevelser före, under och efter besöket genom information och utmaningar.

”Spelindustrin och turistindustrin har minst två starka saker gemensamt och det är lust samt belöning, vi vill gifta ihop dessa två.” säger Lotta Magnusson, länsturistchef på Region Dalarna som verkligen tror på branschernas kombination.

Projektet sträcker sig över en tvåårsperiod och tillsammans ska vi skapa nya sätt att uppleva, nya beteenden och nya affärslogiker. Målsättningen är hög- att göra Dalarna till norra Europas ledande och mest spännande besöksdestination. 

2015 omsatte Turismen i Dalarna ca 7,1 miljarder. Var tionde människa på jorden har någon gång spelat ett svenskt spel. Kombinationen av dessa två växande näringar känns otroligt stark.

Vi ser fram emot att ta Dalarna till nya nivåer. Vi ser fram emot att fortsätta stå i framkant. Tillsammans skapar vi en unik upplevelse för våra besökare och turister. 

För ytterligare information, vänligen kontakta: Tofva Bjarme, Kommunikatör, Tension Graphics AB, Email: tofva@tension.se Tel: +46 73 806 5520


 

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DALECARLIA MUSIC AWARDS 2017

                                  Tension´s Creative Director Mats Persson and PlaygroundSquad´s Education manager Linnea Agné. 

                                 Tension´s Creative Director Mats Persson and PlaygroundSquad´s Education manager Linnea Agné. 

This past Saturday we were at the Dalecarlia Music Awards to present the winner of This years Interactive Music- And Sound. PlaygroundSquad´s Education Manager Linnea Agné congratulated the winner Gum Viktor Ohlsson. The Dalecarlia Music Awards were held at Magasinet in Falun. Dalarna has a great music scene and we felt honored and proud to be a part of this night and to congratulate the winner of this cool category.

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Race Car Driver + PlaygroundSquad = Cool collaborate

 Hannes Löwenberg & Race car driver Rasmus Mårthen     

Hannes Löwenberg & Race car driver Rasmus Mårthen     

Race car driver Rasmus Mårthen came up with a cool idea for the PlaygroundSquad students in February, one of them would get to design his new Race car helmet. He wanted the helmet to represent Dalarna in a cool way, but maybe with something else than the classic Dalahorse.
The students had about a month to create a design and then Rasmus Mårthen would pick the one he thought would look great as the design for his new helmet. The lucky winner was Hannes Löwenberg. He´s a first year artist at PlaygroundSquad. 


We asked him a few questions after he found out that Rasmus Mårthen choose his design.
How does it feel that he picked your design for his new helmet?
- It feels great, alot of people are going to see his helmet and it´s a good way to get my name out there.
Why did you want your design to end up on Rasmus Race car helmet? 
-I´ve always been interested in racing and i think it´s really fun to design so I thought it was a cool idea from start.
What inspired you?
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The theme was Dalarna so i wanted the helmet to have a Eurasian eagle-owl on it since that´s Dalarnas landscape animal. I was thinking about the eagle-owl´s eyes, they have a strong yellow-orange color and that would really make the design pop out. The eye is also focused and gives a very dedicated feeling to the design and Rasmus Mårthen likes to win, so I thought that would be a awesome combo for his helmet. 

 This is what the helmet design looks like. Designed by Hannes Löwenberg, a first year student at PlaygroundSquad.                                                          

This is what the helmet design looks like. Designed by Hannes Löwenberg, a first year student at PlaygroundSquad.                                                          

           

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Pre Production KT Omniview App Korea 2018

This is so cool! We are happy to share with you that the pre production of the OS Korea 2018 app KT Omniview was made by us at Tension Technology. You can watch the trailer right here. ENJOY! 

If you want to read more about the pre production and what KT said about this you can read it down below. We are very excited! 

 

"KT succeeds in rehearsal of PyeongChang Olympic 4G realization service based on 5G" 

"PyeongChang falling down in March ..."5G is hot"

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Office Space in The Tensionhouse

                                                                                                       The Tensionhouse in Falun. 

                                                                                                      The Tensionhouse in Falun. 

Here it is, The Tensionhouse, formerly known as the old Land Survey building in Falun. We´ve been here since 2006 and since then we have renovated and carefully redecorated the interior. Have you ever been inside the house? No? Then you need to see it!

At the moment we have some office space available if you´re looking into renting an office. If you´re looking for a office space and want to sit with others then we recommend our new Open-planned office space. It´s located on the top floor of the buidling. There you have access to Wi-Fi, daily newspapers, conference rooms, a kitchen, coffee and alot more. 

For more information please contact tofva@tension.se or call (+46)73 806 5520

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