Local Favourites: Divine Vines

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We’re continuing our series on places we love. Here are 10 reasons why our florist, Divine Vines, is THE BEST:

  • They deliver fresh flowers to us every Monday, rain, shine, sleet, hail, thunderstorms — you get the picture — so our studio’s lobby always looks and smells awesome!
  • Grinch Trees at Christmastime — who needs poinsettias when we’re stocked with these pots of fun?

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  • Terrific advice — how not to kill your orchid, how to select flowers for your wedding — all the answers are in their blog.
  • Super easy-to-use website to make sending flowers quick and painless.
  • Custom orders — if the options on the web aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, just let them know. They’ll custom design something just for you!
  • Flower arrangements from classic to contemporary, and from simple bouquets to sculptural focal pieces.


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  • Chocolates! You can add tasty ChocolaTas treats to your flower order.
  • Stuffies! They have super-cute, fuzzy (inanimate *wink*) friends you can add to your flower order.
  • They give back to the community by donating flowers to Yaletown House (a facility for people who are unable to live independently) through its Bouquet of Kindness — Community in Bloom program.
  • Entrepreneur, Marie Oyama, and her friendly, helpful and ever-creative team.


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Thanks, Divine Vines, for brightening our day!

Nationalities at UFG

We’re very fortunate that the Lower Mainland is so diverse! In the same way that the city consists of a distinct cross-section of cultures from around the globe, our studio does too. While our headcount is in almost constant flux, swelling to 300 or standing at just over 100 (which is our present size), we are proud that our current roster of staff members represent 24 different countries. Diversity is important to us, and provides a source of creativity, differing perspectives and opinions that also help with innovation, among other things. Check out the breakdown below to see our current cultural mix!



We’ve Got You Surrounded


You may have heard about the huge variety of playable characters (there are 28!) in Disney Infinity 3.0 Marvel Battlegrounds, but what you may not have heard about are the cool arenas. Each of the eight different arenas is equipped with awesome and fun features. There are floors which fall through, objects to be used as weapons, hazards, and so much more. In fact, our take on the arenas is that they are characters in their own right!

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UFG at GDC 2016


Last week was the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and we had a blast at this annual assembly of professional video game devs! While there’s absolutely a focus on learning, inspiration and networking, we connected with old friends and contacts, went to a bunch of meetings and lectures, and even delivered a session of our very own. There were over 24,000 attendees last year, and attendance was even higher this year; GDC is kind of a big deal!

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Let the Battle Begin!


After so many months of dev time, our latest game, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Marvel Battlegrounds Play Set is now available. The new play set includes a new Captain America figure (inspired by the upcoming movie, Captain America: Civil War in May 2016), a play set piece and a web code card. We can’t wait for all of you to discover each character’s cool moves – whether that’s the Super Heroes or the Super Villians – and play through story mode, with Ultron and Loki teaming up to steal vibranium from Wakanda.

No doubt the first character you’re going to play is Captain America, so we wanted to give you some insider tips: what’s he capable of? What are his most devastating moves?

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Seven More Sleeps


The Disney Infinity 3.0 Marvel Battlegrounds Play Set is just one week away from launch, and we’ve been happily jet-setting around the planet, visiting with our media friends! Dan Sochan, our Senior Producer on the game, racked up almost 4,000 kilometres last week, showcasing Marvel Battlegrounds in various locales.

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Two Weeks’ Notice

We are just 14 days away from the launch of the Disney Infinity 3.0 Marvel Battlegrounds Play Set, and Disney released the official launch trailer today. Our studio is abuzz with the news, and we cannot wait for players to discover everything the game has to offer. In addition to a new Captain America — inspired by the upcoming movie, Captain America: Civil War (May 2016) — the game also features four-player combat for the first time in the Disney Infinity universe, as well as the full roster of all the Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel characters, plus eight arenas in total. Says our own Dan Sochan, Senior Producer, “Everyone’s always wondered, who would win in a fight between SpiderMan and Thor? Well now you can find out for yourself!”

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Happy Leap Day from UFG!




Happy Leap Day!

Every four years, to make sure our crazy Gregorian calendar lines up as closely as possible with our planet’s journey around the sun, an extra day is added to the end of February, and we call it a leap year (but to be really precise, we skip the leap year when the year is both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400, so the year 1900 was a not a leap year) … but that was probably TMI. A leap year is also known as a bissextile year (which is way weirder sounding and much harder to plan a themed party around). It corrects astronomical event drift, and it’s much easier than adding an extra quarter of a day every year, don’t you think?

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