Game Republic at Develop: Brighton 2016

logo_develop_brightonGame Republic is partnering with the Develop Conference 2016 this year, taking place from Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th July in Brighton.

Develop: Brighton is the UK’s biggest games developer-focused event, featuring talks, an expo and special events on topics including investment, VR, games design, business development and marketing/PR. Guests include Head of Games at Kickstarter, Luke Crane, and Metal Gear Solid creator and games legend, Hideo Kojima.

As well as visiting the conference, Game Republic will be attending meetings over the three days and supporting members, including Team17 and Sigtrap Games, who are both finalists at the Develop Awards on Wednesday 13th July. If you would like a meeting with Game Republic in Brighton, please get in touch using our contact form.

Game Republic Summer Arcade Party 2016

MachinesOn Tuesday 28th June, Game Republic held its first Summer Arcade Party, partnered with Microsoft and sponsored by Insight Studios Ltd, Escape Technology and Autodesk.

The event, held at Dock29 in Leeds, began with talks from Microsoft, Garbutt & Elliott, Autodesk and Flix Interactive, then Game Republic members were also joined by a number of GaMaYo network members to enjoy drinks, street food and arcade machines provided by Replay Events.

Classic arcade machines included Pac-Man, Pole Position, Gorf, Donkey Kong (a very rare red machine that was converted from a RadarScope cabinet), Tempest, Space Invaders and Defender. Microsoft also gave an Xbox One away as a prize to Adam Boyne from GR member BetaJester, plus GR and GMY members raised a fantastic £170 for the chosen event charity SpecialEffect!

Nick Streeter from SpecialEffect said, “Huge thanks to all who attended the Game Republic Summer Arcade Party and raised a fantastic £170 for SpecialEffect. As the only charity of our type in the UK demand is growing all the time as more people with disabilities wanting to experience the joy of gaming.  We work across the Game Republic region and look forward to sharing stories with the network about the difference your support is making.”

If you would like to know more about joining Game Republic and member benefits, please hit the link.

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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.