Game Republic Student Showcase 2015

217A3914The Game Republic Student Showcase is happening again on Tuesday 2nd June – and the eighth incarnation of the games business network’s yearly event is going to be the biggest ever.

Starring six universities and colleges from the GR network, the Student Showcase takes place at the University of York, and will feature four of the region’s games companies sponsoring and judging the 25+ final-year projects in four awards including the Team17 Award for Game Technology, the Revolution Software Award for Game Art and the Sumo Digital Award for Game Design.

The evening event, kindly sponsored by NatWest ESpark, will include the prizegiving, an industry panel with Anna Mansi (BFI), Lee Stott (Microsoft), Joe Robins (Unity) and more, followed by networking and drinks. The Game Republic Student Showcase continues GR’s commitment to provide better links between academia and industry and also to develop and nurture games talent in Yorkshire and the North of England.

The evening event is open to GR members – if you would like to attend, please sign up here.

Thanks again to our generous games companies including Team17, Revolution and Sumo Digital, and NatWest ESpark for sponsoring the event.  Entrepreneurial Spark is a business accelerator in Leeds that will provide office space and access to fundamental services in bank premises, a 6-18 month programme of hands-on coaching and mentoring, a start-up ‘bootcamp’ and regular workshop events for up to 80 entrepreneurs at any one time. This service will be funded entirely by the bank and will be completely free of charge to entrepreneurs – and taking no equity. For more information on how to apply follow @ESparkUK on Twitter or hit the website.

UKTI Games Event 19th May Leeds

UKTI (300x200)UKTI Yorkshire is hosting a FREE games industry event with Game Republic this Tuesday 19th May at the Everyman Cinema, Leeds from 9.30am – 12-midday, with lunch provided.

As part of Export Week, the event Creative Sector Opportunities in Gaming will feature talks from Simon Iwaniszak from Red Kite Games, Fee Stewart from FormerDroid and Jamie Sefton from Game Republic on attending international trade events, preparing pitches, getting the most from networking and more.

There will also be special Q&A session with James Batchelor, Editor of games industry magazine Develop about publicising your game in the press, the best way to approach journalists and the current trends in the games industry.

As well as industry talks, UK Trade & Investment will discuss the services it provides, including news on the current government funding opportunities that in previous years has helped finance dozens of Yorkshire companies to attend events such as the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and Gamescom in Cologne. The event is free and includes lunch – to attend, just sign up here. Don’t miss out!

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.