Greenshoots 2 deadline Monday 20th October

Creative EnglandCreative England and Microsoft’s Greenshoots 2 programme is now open for applications from developers to access ten pots of £25,000 investment – and the deadline is this Monday 20th October, 9am!

Greenshoots 2 is for any developer based in the North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humber, West Midlands, East Midlands or South West, and your game can be developed on any platform alongside a Microsoft platform – including Xbox One.

In the previous Greenshoots scheme, York-based Team Pesky was one of the ten developers who received investment, for their mobile game The Kraken Sleepeth, out now for Windows platforms. You can find out more information on Greenshoots 2 here – don’t miss out!


Game Republic business event – 8th October, Leeds


Our next members-only Game Republic business networking event will be on Wednesday 8th October at Leeds College of Art, and is kindly sponsored by Autodesk and Bluegfx.

Autodesk will be talking about opportunities with their various development software solutions and we will also hear from Unity3D about the new options for developers with the popular cross-platform game engine – including Oculus Rift support.

The event will also feature some VERY useful investment information, and there will be networking and drinks afterwards. If you would like to know more about the Game Republic network, our work to help developers and supporting companies with their businesses, the free Mock Reviews service and our upcoming events with major companies and platform-holders, just get in touch.

GameHorizon Investment & Marketing Summits – 25th/26th September

GameHorizonThe UK’s premier games investment conference, the GameHorizon Investment Summit, returns on Thursday 25th September at the EGX London event, Earls Court, along with a new GameHorizon Marketing Summit on Friday 26th September.

Now in its fifth year, and organised by Game Republic, the GameHorizon Investment Summit brings games developers and investors together for talks, a panel and opportunities for both informal and formal meetings – and the event sold out well in advance last year. Investors include publishers, venture capitalists, games funds, trusts, platform-holders, and angels and in 2013, the event had more than 60 formal meetings between games companies and investors, which resulted in numerous funding for developers – including £30,000 for Mad Fellows Games from Creative England.

Speakers and investors already confirmed for this year’s GameHorizon Investment Summit include London Venture Partners, Initial Capital, Nintendo of Europe, SCEE XDev, Standfast Interactive, Pollen VC, MakieLab and Creative England – with more big names to be announced soon. Tickets are £99 (plus Eventbrite fee) and include a morning of talks, a networking lunch, and an opportunity to pitch for formal meetings in the afternoon with investors, as well as full access to the EGX London expo and exclusive Press Area.

This year, there is also a GameHorizon Marketing Summit on Friday 26th September, which aims to tackle the other major issue for developers – discoverability. Already confirmed are Leonie Manshanden, ex-Irrational Games Studio Head discussing marketing your game, plus Rich Keith from YouTube company Yogscast – with more guests from major platform-holders, PR/marketing companies and press to be announced soon! Tickets are just £69 (plus Eventbrite fee).

There is also a specially-priced ticket for just £149 (plus Eventbrite fee) that gives you access to both events and the EGX London expo available here. Don’t miss out on what will be the best events this year to find out how to fund and market your game – see you there!

Game Republic at the Develop Conference 2014

Develop-logo-2014Game Republic is again proud to be a partner of the UK’s biggest development event, the Develop Conference 2014, 8th-10th July 2014.

The GR network will be there in Brighton, attending sessions, meeting with industry, helping our members with business contacts and supporting the Yorkshire and Northern England members nominated in the Develop Industry Excellence Awards 2014, including FormerDroid and Sumo Digital.

Game Republic is also providing free tickets to seven independent developers from the business network to attend the special Develop Indie Dev Day on Thursday 10th July – FormerDroid, Hypersloth, Thunk’d, Me, We Studios, Boneloaf, Sumo Digital and Tuna. If you would like more information on Game Republic and how the network can help your business, contact us for details. See you in Brighton!

UKTI Le Game Jam – 2nd-4th July

Le Game Jam Logo MRBonjour! UK Trade & Investment is supporting the games industry at the Grand Depart International Business Festival, 2nd-4th July, with Le Game Jam, taking place in three cities over 48 hours.

Sponsored by Autodesk, Le Game Jam takes place in Leeds, at Leeds Met University Headingley Campus, with judging and sponsorship by Dubit Ltd; in Sheffield, at Sheffield Hallam University, with judging and sponsorship by Sumo Digital; and in Cambridge at Jagex Ltd, and organised by Platform Expos. Videos, photos and comments on Le Game Jam will be posted on Facebook and Twitter over the three days with the hashtag #legamejam.

The winners of the three cities will go forward into Le Game Jam Grand Final, which takes place on Friday 4th July, 3pm-4pm, at the Carriageworks in Leeds, with judges including Sony Computer Entertainment, Insight For Hire and other games industry and business luminaries. The overall winner of the 48-hour game jam will win Le Game Jam cup and a day’s training and mentorship at Sony’s PlayStation HQ in London.

After the judging, there will be a panel, “Getting into the Games Industry”, where schools, universities, graduates, games enthusiasts and anyone interested in a career in gaming can ask questions. The Grand Final will also showcase games from the successful Yorkshire games industry, including Positron by Retroburn Studios.


The UKTI Le Game Jam Grand Final winner was…
Psycho Cycles from Leeds Met University!

Psycho Cycles








The three city winners were:
Sheffield: Asteroids vs Androids from Sheffield Hallam University (judged by Sumo Digital)
Cambridge: Recycle Inc. from Smashed Crab/University of Hull (judged by Jagex)
Leeds: Psycho Cycles from Leeds Met University (judged by Dubit Ltd)