Well, 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!
Game Republic is delighted to announce that two of our members have been included in Develop Magazine’s prestigious 30 Under 30 list for 2014.
Firstly, Michael Brown, Director and developer from Boneloaf is on the list for being one of the leading forces in the Sheffield-based indie studio, creators of the fantastic multiplayer brawler Gang Beasts (main image), which has recently been picked up by US developer/publisher DoubleFine and will make its console debut on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Summer 2015.
Secondly, Sam Read, Director and Co-Founder of Huddersfield-based Hypersloth, also makes the list for his work on the studio’s first-person adventure Dream, and other projects – including Boneloaf’s Gang Beasts – while still studying at university. Honorable GR mentions also went to Laurence Whaites (Fierce Kaiju), Gary Lloyd (Sigtrap) and Nareice Wint (Route 1 Games). You can read the full article on the Develop website here.
The next Game Republic event on Thursday 27th November in Sheffield will feature guest speaker Phil Scott from NVIDIA, discussing the latest opportunities with the company including its smart handheld console Shield.
The event is kindly sponsored by Autodesk and Jigsaw24 and will also feature a presentation by Graham Bell, Autodesk. Afterwards there will be drinks and networking – sign up here (it’s free for GR members!)
It’s a busy time of year for Game Republic with no less than FOUR business networking events for members happening in the run-up to Christmas. On Wednesday 5th November in Sheffield we host Creative Europe, who have a €1.46bn fund for creative industries; then we follow that on Thursday 13th November in Leeds with Nintendo – a fantastic opportunity to hear about the latest developments for Wii U and 3DS.
Next up after Nintendo we have an event on Thursday 27th November, sponsored by Autodesk and Jigsaw, and featuring another major speaker to be announced soon. Finally on Tuesday 9th December we host the Game Republic Christmas Party, with special guests, drinks and food, and the Game Republic Christmas Quiz™ – complete with cracking prizes.
GR members get access to all these events – plus business development, PR help, a free Mock Review of your game and discounts on major events including 25% off the upcoming Pocket Gamer Connects, 13th-14th January 2015. If you’re a developer, educational establishment or games-related company that would like to become a Game Republic member, just get in touch. All our current (and previous) events are always listed here. See you soon…
Creative 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!