The European Commission has finally approved UK tax breaks for the videogames industry. This means that a new 25% tax rate is available now for all UK game developers who pass a cultural test – which is detailed here.
UK videogame trade organisations Ukie and TIGA, the UK government, numerous industry individuals and other bodies such as Game Republic, have contributed to the lengthy campaign which has finally, after many years, resulted in a tax break that can really help the UK games industry compete better on a global scale. The full EC press release can be read here.
Game Republic will again be attending the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco, USA from Monday 17th – Friday 21st March on behalf of UK Trade & Investment Yorkshire.
Game Republic and UKTI Yorkshire are assisting more than 10 of the region’s games businesses including Four Door Lemon, Distinctive Games, Hypersloth and Red Kite Games to attend the industry’s biggest international conference and have meetings at GDC 2014 with major platform-holders and games companies.
If you would like more information on the Yorkshire and North of England companies attending GDC 2014, or about Game Republic or UK Trade & Investment services, please get in touch.
From April this year, all signed-up Game Republic members will receive an exclusive FREE game evaluation, in the form of a 200-word mock review and anticipated Metacritic score, in addition to 12 business-focused networking events a year,
special offers and more.
Mock reviews help developers and publishers to evaluate their game and know before launch what the likely critical and player response will be – incredibly useful for PR/marketing planning and crucial gameplay improvements. Game Republic is the only games network to offer this as part of the membership benefits and focuses again on our core mission of “more business for our members”.
Managing Director Jamie Sefton has a background in games journalism and has previewed, reviewed and played thousands of games for magazines and websites over the past 15 years (including Official Nintendo Magazine, Official Xbox 360 Magazine and PC Zone), as well as professionally evaluating games for major developers and publishers.
Plus – the additional added value of the new mock review won’t increase the cost for joining the Game Republic network – all membership fees have been frozen for another year, starting at just £100 for sole-traders. If companies require a more in-depth evaluation, with constructive ideas on how to improve their games, a reduced rate is also available for Game Republic members.
If you have any questions about the free mock review or any aspect of Game Republic membership, email jamie [at] gamerepublic [dot] net.
Game Republic has once again partnered with the Develop Conference, taking place in Brighton UK from the 8th-10th July 2014. The partnership with this major games development conference means that all Game Republic members will be able to receive a special discount of 10% on conference tickets when they go on sale in March.
The Develop Conference 2014 has also put out a call for speakers, so if you would like to apply, hit the link.
Game Republic has partnered with the Nordic Game 2014 conference taking place in Malmo, Sweden from 21st-23rd May. Members of Game Republic can now access a special discount on top of the Early Bird discount already available, saving £220.
Nordic Game 2014 already features talks from ZeniMax and The Fullbright Company as well as opportunities for networking and business meetings. You can visit the Nordic Game website for updates and to buy tickets here. For information on how to join Game Republic and get access to monthly business events with the likes of Microsoft and Sony, plus discounts for major conferences and events, just email jamie [at] gamerepublic [dot] net.