UK votes to leave the European Union

game-republic-logoOn Thursday 23rd June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. While this will most definitely have economic and social repercussions for everyone in the decades to come, Game Republic will work on behalf of all its members with national representative bodies Ukie and TIGA, to ensure that the UK government will continue to provide the UK games industry with essential support, such as Games Tax Relief, R&D Tax Credits, IP protection, access to skilled workers in this country and beyond, and the freedom to export to EU and world markets.

Game Republic is immensely proud to be a part of the UK videogames industry and of course, especially, here in Yorkshire and the North of England. The games business is global, so it’s important – now more than ever – that we continue as an industry to be outward-looking, progressive, friendly, innovative and inclusive. We will have a panel discussion on the impact of this momentous decision to leave the EU at a forthcoming Game Republic event.

Game Republic Student Showcase 2016

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The ninth Game Republic Student Showcase took place on Thursday 2nd June at Sheffield Hallam University!

The Student Showcase is an opportunity for final-year and postgraduate students from GR’s Educational Partner universities and colleges to showcase their work to the region’s games industry.

The projects were judged in four categories sponsored by games companies including Sumo Digital, Dubit Ltd and Revolution – Game Art & Animation, Game Technology, Game Design and Best Team. Previous Game Republic Student Showcase events have resulted in dozens of placements and full-time jobs for the winning teams and individuals at companies including Sumo Digital, Distinctive Games and Rockstar Leeds.

The evening event was sponsored by Insight Studios Ltd, featured the prizegiving, a talk by the Head of Digital Entertainment & Games at BBC Worldwide, Bradley Crooks, and a panel “Careers in the Games Industry”, followed by networking and drinks. BBC Look North also featured the Student Showcase which was part of a report on the Sheffield and Yorkshire games industry.

The winners of the Game Republic Student Showcase 2016 are listed below – a full report of the event with more photos features here.

Sumo Digital Award for Game Design

1st Prize
Escalate by Tom Williams and Aniket Datta (University of York)
2nd Prize
Rink Riot by Steel Minions Console Team (Sheffield Hallam University)
3rd Prize
Pocket Galaxy by French Toast Mafia (University of Huddersfield)

Dubit Award for Game Technology

1st Prize
Relativity by Nathan Boxhall-Burnett (University of Huddersfield)
2nd Prize
Pocket Galaxy by French Toast Mafia (University of Huddersfield)
3rd Prize
Rink Riot by Steel Minions Console Team (Sheffield Hallam University)

Revolution Software Award for Game Art & Animation

1st Prize
Shivam Devani (University of Huddersfield)
2nd Prize
Pocket Galaxy by French Toast Mafia (University of Huddersfield)
3rd Prize
Rink Riot by Steel Minions Console Team (Sheffield Hallam University)

Best Team Award

1st Prize
Pocket Galaxy by French Toast Mafia (University of Huddersfield)
2nd Prize
Seven Hells by Landmine Games (Leeds Beckett University)
3rd Prize
Rink Riot by Steel Minions Console Team (Sheffield Hallam University)

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Yorkshire Games Festival – 9th-13th November

national-media-museumThe first Yorkshire Games Festival has been announced, and will take place at the National Media Museum in Bradford from 9th-13th November, 2016, in partnership with Game Republic.

The Yorkshire Games Festival aims to establish itself as a leading event in the UK videogames calendar, with talks from leading games industry professionals, training workshops, panels and a celebration of Yorkshire’s proud videogames heritage, that includes companies such as Team17 (Worms) and Revolution (Broken Sword).

The Yorkshire Games Festival is also collaborating with the University of Bradford, Bradford College and other organisations to attract delegates interested in developing a career in videogame development. A weekend family event on the Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November will also take place to bring the fun and technology of videogames to a wider audience. More details on the festival, including speakers, will be revealed in June.

Game Republic event with Amazon Appstore

amazon_appstore_blackOur next Game Republic business networking event will be this Wednesday 18th May in Leeds with Amazon Appstore.

 The event will be an opportunity for games developers and universities/colleges to meet the UK Technology Evangelist at Amazon Appstore and find out more about the platform, including Amazon Underground (where all apps are free and developers are paid per-minute), fan engagement with Merch by Amazon, plus Fire OS 5, Amazon Coins, Fire TV and more.
There will also be invaluable information on improving your Appstore rank – how to make your game or app successful, with strategies and tactics on getting more downloads, good reviews and high monetisation and avoiding costly mistakes. Simply essential info for mobile games developers. After the talk, there will be refreshments nearby courtesy of Amazon.
Game Republic members go free – for more information, hit the event website.

Game Republic partners with Interface 2016

Interface logo blockGame Republic is partnering with the upcoming Interface 2016 event on Thursday 5th May in London.

Interface 2016 is a unique event from industry publications Develop and MCV and will showcase the hottest talent from the games industry, where over 350 publishers, developers and investors from the sector will meet up to enjoy talks, pitching, private meetings and networking.

Featured speakers include Mike Bithell (Mike Bithell Games), Dan Pinchbeck (The Chinese Room), Debbie Bestwick (Team17) and Charles Cecil (Revolution) as well as key publishers and industry contacts including All 4 Games, KISS and Unity. Game Republic members also receive a 10% discount – hit the website for more information.