Topps, the trading card and collectibles company, will be moving into downtown Orlando coworking space, Canvs. According to Melissa Wasserman, Director of Programing and Operations at Starter Studio, Topps will have two desks in the Canvs expansion space starting August 17, and will add an additional five more desks starting August 31.
The Orlando Business Journal reported late last week that Topps presence in Canvs would be in the form of a “development studio as part of its digital app business.” Topp’s move into Canvs has been labeled temporary for now, but the operation does seem safe in Orlando. “I am a firm believer in the strong talent level for interactive entertainment in the area,” Jeremy Strauser (VP and GM of Topps Digital) said in a quote from the Orlando Business Journal. Topps is headquartered in New York.
Topps is excited about their new space in Canvs, though it will most likely be temporary, according to Strauser. “I think it will be a little bit of both,” Strauser said when asked if the development team will focus more on existing apps, or creating new ones. Moving into Canvs appeals to Topps because it will give the development team the ability to begin working on their products immediately, without having to worry about setting up utilities or infrastructure. Strauser did say that Topps is still in the process of hiring the full development team.
The notorious trading card company stepped into the digital realm several years ago when they released Bunt, a Major League Baseball digital trading card game app. Since Bunt launched in 2012 Topps has continued to expand their digital platform, adding Huddle (NFL), Star Wars, and Kick (MLS) to their app library. The apps are available for both iOS and Android through the Apple app store and Google Play respectively.
Canvs houses over 45 startups and companies, providing them with the proper infrastructure and tools to run a business. Canvs will celebrate its one-year anniversary on August 26.