Game Republic ID@Xbox event Leeds

IDxbox logoWe’re excited to announce that our next Game Republic members-only event will feature an exclusive presentation from Microsoft’s ID@Xbox team. The GR event, “ID@Xbox: All You Need To Know” will take place at Leeds College of Art on 30th April.

The ID@Xbox program enables qualified game developers of all sizes to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One, giving studios the tools and support needed to maximise their success.

Agostino Simonetta and the team from Microsoft ID@Xbox will present opportunities for developers and answer a Q&A about the initiative. This event is free to all Game Republic members – if you would like to join more than 60 other developers, support companies and universities/colleges in the business-focused network, just get in touch about our yearly fees.

Game Republic partners with Develop Conference 2015

BLD_TANDEM_DEVELOP-DATE+TAGGame Republic is a Partner of the Develop: Brighton Conference again this year, taking place 14th-16th July in Brighton.

Develop: Brighton 2015 is the largest games business conference in the UK and a must-attend for games developers, publishers and platform-holders, with a full conference programme with international speakers, networking opportunities, competitions, awards ceremonies and great parties.

Game Republic members will be kept up-to-date on the latest Develop Conference news as well as receiving exclusive special offers. Develop: Brighton is currently looking for speaker submissions, so head to the website for all the info.

Henderson Insurance Joins Game Republic

Henderson logo 450 x 200Game Republic is pleased to announce that Henderson Insurance has signed up to become an affiliate member of the Yorkshire and Northern England games business network.

Based in Leeds, and with proven experience as one of the top independent Insurance Brokers in the UK, Henderson bridge the gap in the industry by providing exemplary service alongside significant buying power in the market.

Henderson is also bringing benefit to existing Game Republic members, as its specialist Technology and Media Division has developed an insurance facility exclusive to Game Republic. The company is working closely with one of the leading Insurers within the games sector to provide a flexible solution for members of all sizes from new start-ups, through to SME and larger, national companies, combining competitive premiums with market leading coverage.

“We’re delighted to become an affiliate member of the Game Republic network,” said Jonathan Harrison, Associate Director of the Technology and Media Division of Henderson. “We look forward to working with Game Republic and its members over the coming months.” For more information hit the link.

Game Developers Conference 2015

gdc14_logo-cloversGame Republic will again be attending the Game Developers Conference 2015 event in San Francisco USA, from 2nd – 6th March.

The GDC USA event is the major business conference for the global games industry and an unrivalled opportunity to see in-depth talks from leading games industry figures, network with fellow games companies, attend industry parties and meet the platform-holders and major players that can really help your business.

If you’re a Game Republic member and would like to know more about the event, the support available (including financial help) and opportunities to meet with essential people that can help grow your business, get in touch. Game Connection (one of our network affiliates) is also happening during the week and is another excellent way to access many companies and platform-holders in pre-arranged speed-dating meetings. The GDC 2015 website is here and Game Connection USA site is here – hope to see you in San Francisco!

Merry Christmas from Game Republic!

game republic logoWell, it’s nearly Christmas and the end of another year for Game Republic and its Yorkshire and North of England members.

We’ve seen some great highlights for our members: Boneloaf having great promotional success with their game Gang Beasts and getting signed by US developer/publisher DoubleFine; Sumo Digital releasing the fantastic games Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox 360 and LittleBigPlanet 3 on PlayStation 4; Revolution continuing their success with the finished version of Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse; Red Kite Games releasing the fantastic charity title Firefly Runner; the University of York launching the pioneering NEMOG and IGGI initiatives; Distinctive Developments hitting the Top 10 App Store chart with Rugby Nations; Team17 launching a fantastic new IP Flockers and continuing with their global Worms smash hit; FormerDroid having a huge hit with their first major game Splemy – the list goes on and on!

As for Game Republic, we’ve hosted business networking events in the region with Sony, Microsoft, Koch Media, NVIDIA, Autodesk, Unity, Bluegfx, Jigsaw24, Nintendo, The Yogscast, Oculus VR and more, as well as hosting our seventh GR Student Showcase, which has found placements and full-time jobs for dozens of graduates. GR has also produced Mock Reviews for many of our companies to help with their development and marketing, introduced companies personally to platform-holders, helped developers receive funding for events such as GDC, linked companies up with VCs and games investors, helped games developers with PR and marketing and liaised directly with the government and government agencies such as UKTI to promote the industry in Yorkshire and the North.

We’re tremendously proud of the games companies, universities/colleges and affiliated businesses we represent and want to thank them all again for their amazing support in 2014. Game Republic is completely privately funded and without that, we couldn’t run this network – in fact, the only paid-for, professional regional games network in the UK. Game Republic begins its 12th year in 2015 and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this amazing industry – have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!