Game Republic organised and hosted the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit again this year for Gamer Network at EGX in Birmingham, with a host of investor speakers and a record number of developer and investor meetings.
The Investment Summit brings together games developers and games funders for talks, a panel and formal meetings with the sole aim of creating more opportunities for developer access to finance.
This year there were talks from Paul Hanraets from Gambitious on their games funding programme for innovative games, Alex Tutty from Sheridans on how to make your company investor-ready, and Paul Durrant, UK Games Fund with news on the government-backed £4m scheme’s work so far, which has included the funding of 48 projects and the launching of the Transfuzer project. Durrant also announced that Round 3 of the UK Games Fund will start in November.
Debbie Bestwick MBE, MD and co-founder of Team17 (pictured) also spoke about the company’s recent success of attracting £16.5m of investment from Lloyds Development Capital, and tips for other companies looking to do the same.
The panel included Paul Hanraets and Alex Tutty, as well as Mike Hayes from Mercia Technologies, Saad Choudri from Miniclip and Dawn Paine fro Creative England discussing the impact of Brexit, the current state of UK VC and angel investment and what investors look for in a games developer.
In the afternoon, the Investment Summit hosted more than 80 meetings (a record for the event) in the new Trade Zone of EGX, with developers meeting with investors and publishers including Nintendo, All 4 Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment XDev Europe, Creative England, Cocoon Networks, Authentic Media and Standfast Interactive.
We’ll keep you posted on the next Investment Summit at EGX– don’t miss out on what is the must-attend UK industry funding event.
The next Game Republic event is Mobile Games Design in Sheffield on October 19th.