GameDevDay is back! Thursday 22nd November will feature both Game Republic and GaMaYo events in Leeds, with more than 300 developers attending both events, which are kindly sponsored by Fourth Floor Creative, Samsung and Sheridans.
Game Republic in the afternoon will feature feature talks from John Vega, Commercial Manager at PlayStation on the platform holder’s Developer Relations team, where he looks after many accounts and works with developers to self-publish on the platform.
We’ll also hear from Colin Macdonald from All 4 Games with some essential industry tips for developers, Rich Keith from Fourth Floor Creative discussing their work with Yogscast and the latest trends with YouTube/Twitch, and a unique fireside chat between Laura Harper, Partner and Head of Creative Industries and Digital at Shoosmiths and Viktorya Hollings, the former Head of Studio at PopCap Dublin (now director at Boomdash Digital Ltd), about the creation of the casual game classics Peggle, Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies. Finally, we will have a presentation on the latest opportunities with Samsung mobile from Richard Huddy, Head of Games Ecosystem at Samsung R&D.
After 6pm, GaMaYo will kick off with drinks, networking with 300+ industry people and more than 20 new games from games developers across the North of England. Tickets are limited and free to Game Republic and GaMaYo members – for more info on how to join, or how to access the events through sponsorship, hit the link.
Online games retailer and games publisher Green Man Gaming have been confirmed for the next Game Republic business event on 17th October in Leeds. This is the first time Green Man Gaming has attended a Game Republic event and Developer Relations Manager Jonny Merritt will be meeting games companies and other members to discuss their online platform and new publishing initiative (see photo below).
The event will also feature a talk from Andy Curtis from KTN/Innovate UK about the next round of funding for games/digital companies, including a new £8m call for business-led R&D projects for “immersive content”. We’ll also hear from Laura Harper from our newest affiliate member Shoosmiths on the SEIS/EIS scheme and how it can mean more investment for games companies. Afterwards we’ll enjoy drinks and networking.
Update: Presentations from KTN and Shoosmiths are now up on the Game Republic SlideShare.
Game Republic, supported by Autodesk, is hosting its next event in collaboration with Kollider, a new digital workspace and hub in Sheffield for creative, digital and games companies, on Thursday 27th September.
The business event will feature talks from Kollider about the new space (which will also feature the relocation of the fantastic National Videogames Archive), plus PlayWerks on unique funding opportunities for Sheffield-based companies. We’ll also hear from Laura Harper from our latest affiliate member Shoosmiths about IP Protection for games/digital companies, Natalie Griffith from Identity Spark about PR/marketing and James Foster from ADV about investor-readiness. Afterwards there will be drinks and networking.
Attendees are also invited to attend the Sumo Digital Riverside Games Night from 7pm at the nearby Bungalows and Bears pub. Game Republic members and Kollider companies can attend for free.
If you would like more information about the Game Republic network and how it can help your games business or educational establishment, please get in touch.
Game Republic will be attending the Gamescom conference, which takes place from 21st – 25th August in Cologne, Germany.
Gamescom is one of the largest games consumer and business events in the world, with more than 350,000 people attending the event last year.
Game Republic will be there alongside many of our games companies such as Insight Studios and Cooperative Innovations to meet publishers, platform-holders, investors and service providers, to provide more contacts and business opportunities for our members.
If you would like to meet Game Republic at Gamescom 2018 and find out more about the largest games network in the North of England, and the amazing games companies and universities/colleges we have in the region, just get in touch.
The Game Republic Summer Party 2018 took place on Wednesday 18th July at the Adelphi in Leeds, and was kindly sponsored by Insight Studios Ltd.
The Summer Party is a yearly event where Game Republic members including games developers, affiliate members and Educational Partners enjoy business networking, drinks, food and games – and this year we had fantastic retro handheld and portable games consoles courtesy of Replay Events.
Partygoers had an opportunity to play consoles such as the classic Vectrex, original Game Boy, Atari Jaguar, Tomy LCD games from the 1980s, Nintendo Game & Watch and a rare NEC TurboExpress/PC Engine GT. The Game Republic Summer Party included guests from games developers such as Revolution Software, Insight Studios, Red Kite Games, Eden Agency, Weaseltron, Double 11, Team17, Sports Director and BetaJester. The next Game Republic event will be in Sheffield on Thursday 27th September with special guest speakers to be announced!