Game Republic at the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit and EGX

IMG_20170921_120740Game Republic, along with industry website GamesIndustry.biz, was the organiser of the Investment Summit at EGX on 21st September – a yearly event that brings games developers and investors (basically any publisher, platform-holder, fund, media company, VC, angel or trust that invests in games) together for talks, a panel and formal meetings.

The event at the EGX games expo at the NEC in Birmingham, featured talks by UK Games Fund (who run the government’s £4m funding scheme), consultant Ella Romanos, Mercia Technologies (prominent VC that invested recently in nDreams) and new film/TV/games funder Catalyst Interactive. The panel also included Miniclip and games publisher Green Man Gaming – and the morning of talks was featured in news stories on GamesIndustry.biz.

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As well as the talks and networking, the Investment Summit featured formal meetings between investors and games developers – and this year the event had more than 150 meetings between games companies – some of them from our region – meeting investors such as Sony XDev Europe, Nintendo, SEGA, UK Games Fund, Microsoft ID@Xbox, Amazon Appstore, Rising Star Games and Good Shepherd Entertainment.

IMG_20170921_140814In previous years these meetings have resulted in funding for developers such as Bulkhead Interactive (Battalion 1944) and Mad Fellows (Aaero). Most of these publishers and investors will be appearing at Game Republic events over the next few months and throughout 2018.

 

IMG_20170922_121112The EGX event was also packed with our games developer members from Yorkshire and the North including Team17, Laser Dog Games, SigTrap, Shuttershade Studios, BetaJester, Red Kite Games, Boneloaf, Fierce Kaiju and more, plus our educational partners including the University of Leeds and projects from Creative England GamesLab Leeds. The Investment Summit will be back next year – we’ll keep you posted!

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Game Republic Game Changers Lunch – 14th September, York

iggi yorkThe next Game Republic supported by Autodesk event, will be the GR Game Changers Lunch, on Thursday 14th September, 11am – 1pm at the University of York, Spring Lane Building in partnership with IGGI and kindly sponsored by Spirit AI.

This special lunchtime event features Andy Brammall from Spirit AI, who will deliver a talk, “There’s more to characters than polys – how Spirit AI is looking to breathe new life into NPCs”, plus we’ll also hear from Claire Bromley from Sony XDev Europe and Dr Jo Twist from national games body Ukie and Professor Peter Cowling from the research and innovation in games group at IGGI.

Game Republic members will also get free access to the IGGI Conference on research and innovation in games, with the first day of talks immediately following lunch. It features high profile speakers such as Mary Flanagan from Tilt factor as well as the research of more than 40 IGGI PhD students working with the games industry. The conference runs from 1.30pm on Thursday, concluding with drinks and networking at 5.30pm, and from 9am until 5pm Friday. The full IGGI Conference schedule is here.

To find out more about the GR Game Changers Lunch hit the website – Game Republic members can attend for free.

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Free DIT Export and Funding Workshop For Yorkshire Games Companies – 20th July, Leeds

GDC main entranceAre you a Yorkshire and Humber new or established SME games company that wants to attend international events? Do you want to increase your sales, meet international platform-holders and publishers and create job opportunities?

The Department for International Trade is hosting a free Export Strategy Workshop on Thursday 20th July, 9.30am – 12.30pm, in Leeds just for games companies that will help them develop international business and make decisions on the next steps in overseas markets.

  • Learn how to approach global business
  • How to effectively research suitable overseas markets
  • Plan your export strategy
  • Identify key International events you should be attending such as the Game Developers Conference and how to get the most from the events
  • Identify your next steps for export success

The event will also provide one-to-one help for games companies attending to apply for grants through the Exporting For Growth (EFG) scheme, which can provide up to £5000 match-funding (depending on the individual company circumstances) towards attending events such as the Game Developers Conference and Gamescom.

Places are limited, so please sign up at the website asap – don’t miss out on funding for you as a sole-trader or your SME games company!

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Game Republic Summer Arcade Party – 5th July 2017, Leeds

FroggerThe second Game Republic Summer Arcade Party is happening on Wednesday 5th July in Leeds, kindly sponsored by Escape Technology, Autodesk, Insight Studios and Revolution Software.

The Summer Arcade Party is now an annual event, where Game Republic members have an opportunity to play genuine classic arcade machines such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Scramble and Defender, as well as enjoy an evening of food, refreshments and networking.

The Summer Arcade Party will also feature high score competitions and prizes from our supporter Autodesk, as well as opportunities to find out more about the services and help available from partner Escape Technology. To find out more about joining Game Republic and accessing our networking events, just get in touch.

UPDATE: Photos from the event are now up on our Facebook page.

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10th Game Republic Student Showcase on 8th June

Joe Robins judgingThe tenth Game Republic, supported by Autodesk, Student Showcase is taking place on Thursday 8th June in partnership with the University of Leeds.

The annual Student Showcase is the biggest event of its kind in the UK, with more than 25 teams of students from 9 Game Republic Educational Partner universities and colleges in the region presenting their final-year project work to be judged by representatives from four Yorkshire games companies including Sumo Digital, Revolution Software and Red Kite Games.

Prizes are awarded to the best projects in the following categories – Game Design, Game Art and Animation, Game Technology and Best Team – and dozens of placements and full-time jobs have been created since the Showcase began a decade ago.

As well as an opportunity for the region’s students to impress the games industry, the event will also feature a guest talk from the Microsoft HoloLens team, who will discuss the groundbreaking AR technology. The event also features opportunities for all the Educational Partners of Game Republic to network with the successful Yorkshire and Northern England games industry. For more information on the Game Republic, supported by Autodesk, Student Showcase, please get in touch.

Update: There is a full report here, including all the winners and photos of the event.

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