Game Republic Christmas Party & Quiz – Wednesday 7th December

dsc03560Ho Ho Ho! Yes, it’s Yuletide fun again this Wednesday 7th December in Leeds, when Game Republic, supported by Autodesk with Escape Technology, hosts its annual Christmas Party with the LEGENDARY Christmas Quiz, kindly sponsored by Insight Studios Ltd.

Members of Game Republic will enjoy seasonal food and drink, some very special surprises and the GR Christmas Quiz, which features rounds including “True or False” and “Old School”. Here are a couple of questions from last year’s quiz – see how you do:

What was the name of Nokia’s handheld gaming mobile released in 2003?

True or False: The Pac-Man sequel Ms Pac-Man was originally called Pac-Woman.

What is the vault number featured in Fallout 4?

The Game Republic Christmas Party is free to members – get in contact about membership, which includes a free games evaluation/Mock review, access to all our events (and fellow network GaMaYo’s twice-yearly events), plus essential business development advice and contacts.

Answers: N-Gage, True, 111!
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Game Republic and GaMaYo events, 24th November – Report

rob-gameslab-leedsGame Republic, supported by Autodesk, hosted two events on Thursday 24th November in Leeds for GameDevDay! Headline sponsor Creative England GamesLab Leeds launched their new funding and business support initiative, with grants of £10,000, £20,000 and £30,000 available to games developers in the Leeds City Region.

 

Rob Crossley, Head of Games and Digital at Creative England (pictured above) also discussed the additional mentoring, workshops and networking that companies receive for GamesLab Leeds, as well as an opportunity to attend the Game Developers Conference 2017 in San Francisco next March. More details on the scheme, including eligibility, are available here.

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GameDevDay continued with Jamie Gwilliam, UK Territory Manager at Autodesk discussing creative industry trends – such as the fact that the number of VFX shots is growing fast in the film industry, while costs are getting lower – and the company’s main products of Maya, 3DS Max, Shotgun and Stingray.

 

The talk was followed by a special presentation from Senior Producer at Rebellion, James Valls, on the making of the superb PlayStation VR game Battlezone VR, including useful tips for VR developers (see photo above).

The final talk was from publisher Merge Games on working with indie developers and making sure you get your game noticed on digital stores, retail stores (with their special Signature Editions) and at UK and international gamer-focused events such as PAX and EGX. Finally, a panel at the end of the day featuring all the speakers revealed opinions on the state of VR and whether AR is actually the future, the “indiepocalypse” and what the industry will be looking forward to in 2017 including the Nintendo Switch.

gr-gamedevday-essentials-podGameDevDay finished with 10-minute intensive networking/speed dating for the attendees across four different tables – publishing (Merge Games), tech/tools (Autodesk/Escape Technology), essentials (3volution, Garbutt & Elliott and PIB Insurance) and funding (Creative England GamesLab Leeds).

 

betajester-gameFrom 6.30pm, the GaMaYo evening event was held at Shooters bar in Leeds, kindly sponsored by Creative England GamesLab Leeds, plus the University of Leeds, Merge Games and Escape Technology and HP.

GaMaYo welcomed more then 250 developers from Yorkshire, the North East and North West, with drinks and networking and more than 20 new games on-show including Mable and the Wood from Triple Vision Games and Dungeon Raiders from Barog Ltd.

The event, the largest games developer gathering in the North of England, also raised more than £234 for games charity Special Effect.The next GaMaYo event will be in April 2017 – Game Republic’s 2016 sign-off is the Christmas Party and Quiz on 7th December in Leeds. Don’t miss it!

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Game Republic GameDevDay to Launch GamesLab Leeds

gameslab-logo-block-high-res-gl-leeds-updatedGame Republic, supported by Autodesk and Escape Technology, is hosting GameDevDay on Thursday 24th November in Leeds. The Game Republic event features Headline Sponsor Creative England and GamesLab Leeds and the launch of its new funding and business initiative for the Leeds City Region, with Head of Games & Digital, Rob Crossley.

GameDevDay is also sponsored by the University of Leeds and Merge Games – the latter who will be speaking about digital publishing. There will also be a talk from special guest James Valls from Rebellion, who will be speaking about the creation of their recent PlayStation VR hit Battlezone VR – plus a panel with guests including Autodesk and Escape Technology and an opportunity to network (with cakes!)

In the evening, the GaMaYo (Game Makers Yorkshire) event will take place with more than 250 developers from Yorkshire, the North West and North East of England, and a showcase with 20 new games to play. GaMaYo is Headline Sponsored by Creative England GamesLab Leeds, with sponsors Escape Technology and HP, Merge Games and the University of Leeds.

We’ll have a full report on GameDevDay here very soon – for more information on the events, visit our Events Calendar.

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Yorkshire Games Festival and Game Republic Speakers Dinner Report

guardian-panel-with-rhiThe first Yorkshire Games Festival took place from 9th – 13th November 2016 at the National Media Museum in Bradford in partnership with Game Republic, supported by Autodesk.

The festival resulted in large audiences coming to Bradford to take part in games design and writing workshops, hear world-renowned games industry speakers, play new and exciting games from local developers and get invaluable career advice.

kev-carthew-talkSpeakers for the festival included John Romero (co-creator of the defining first-person-shooters Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake), Brenda Romero (developer of Wizardry and many other titles), Gary Napper (lead designer of Alien: Isolation and now working on VR projects at Supermassive Games), Kevin Carthew (Creative Director at Team17 – pictured), Sean Millard & Seb Liese (Sumo Digital), Adrian Hon (creator of Zombies, Run!), Warren Spector (Otherside Entertainment), Rhianna Pratchett (writer of Tomb Raider), Charles Cecil (co-founder of Revolution Software) and Rob Bartholomew (Creative Assembly).

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Particular highlights included: Brenda Romero’s inspiring talk “Mother, Woman, Girl: A Lifetime in Games”; Warren Spector meeting fellow Ion Storm alumni John Romero over Skype backstage – pictured; the Guardian interview panels on the Wednesday and Thursday, with Keith Stuart and Jordan Erica Webber (pictured at the top of this feature); Gary Napper at Supermassive describing the moment a tough American bro was reduced to a gibbering wreck after playing VR; discovering Seb “Snake Pass” Liese from Sumo owned two snakes names “Solid” and “Liquid”; and the Edge Presents interview on-stage with writer Ben Maxwell and John Romero – pictured.

 

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The family weekend included a Nintendo Zone (complete with appearances by Pikachu), a talk and live play of Gang Beasts by The Yogscast, a Minecraft workshop and a Yorkshire Games Showcase from more than a dozen local developers such as Red Kite Games (pictured), Triple Vis Games, Team17, Sumo and Kotori Studios.

curry-2The major event for Game Republic, however, was an exclusive Speakers Dinner, held at the National Media Museum and Omar Khan’s restaurant in Bradford, and sponsored by Red Kite Games, Escape Technology and HP.

The special festival event was an opportunity to bring together the National Media Museum, University of Bradford and Bradford College together with speakers from the festival and Game Republic members.

jackie-curryAs well as enjoying a drinks reception in the Games Lounge and a curry in the city that has won Curry Capital of the UK for the third year running, the Speakers Dinner was an opportunity for GR members to meet and talk to festival speakers to discuss their games and the wider games industry issues such as diversity in games, VR, AR, skills in the region, education provision and access to finance.

The Speakers Dinner was also just a fun event for members to chat to and meet legends of the industry such as John Romero and Brenda Romero. For more information on the Game Republic network, how we can help your games company or educational institution and to make sure you don’t miss out on our upcoming events, do get in contact. For more photos check out the Game Republic Facebook Page.

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Yorkshire Games Festival to showcase best of games industry in region and beyond

yorkshire-games-festival-event-540x260The countdown has begun for the first ever Yorkshire Games Festival at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

The festival which runs from 9-13th November has been developed in partnership with Game Republic and features an impressive line-up including John Romero (co-creator of Doom & Quake), Brenda Romero, Rhianna Pratchett, Warren Spector, Gary Napper from Supermassive Games, talks from Creative Assembly, Sumo Digital, Team17 and Revolution Software as well as workshops with GR members including writer Steve Ince and game designer Fee Stewart at Bradford College. There will also be a book signing from Keith Stuart from The Guardian, in additional to panels hosted at the festival with fellow journalist Jordan Erica Webber, plus a special Edge Magazine on-stage interview with John Romero. Many events have sold out – but it is worth checking the website to check if spaces are available over next few days and getting a pass to the festival.

The festival will also include a full weekend of activities suitable for all ages including a Nintendo Zone with some guest appearances by Pokémon, a University of Bradford game jam, a chance to build the National Media Museum in Minecraft and our newest Educational Partner Bradford College and The Northern School of Creative Industries will be holding a Creative Crunch for 14-19 year olds. For anyone aspiring to be a Youtuber, there is also guide to how to be an entertainment star presented by Yogscast with a live play of GR member Boneloaf’s game Gang Beasts.

For those interested in the games industry in the region, there is also a major Yorkshire Games Showcase, sponsored by the BFI Yorkshire Screen Hub which will feature games from studios including Team17 (showing Worms: WMD), Sumo Digital (demonstrating the as-yet-unreleased game Snake Pass) and Dumpling Design (demo-ing their action racer Dashy Crashy Turbo) as well as retro games and more.

Come along and support the Yorkshire Games Festival, and show the potential we have in the region to host future games events and highlight the great games development talent we have in the North!

Amidst all of the festival fun, we are hosting an extra special and exclusive Game Republic dinner on 10th November, sponsored by Red Kite Games, Escape Technology and HP which will include speakers from the festival. The dinner is only open to members of the GR network and the link to book is here – you will need your password.

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