Business of Games event – 4th April in York

broken-sword-5-the-serpents-curse-george-and-nicoGame Republic, supported by Autodesk, will host its next event on Wednesday 4th April at York St John University, one the latest Educational Partners to join the largest games business network in the North of England. The event will feature Stefano Petrullo, Founder of Renaissance PR, discussing the current media landscape and the best ways that games developers can PR and market their games.

There will also be a Q&A with Charles Cecil, Co-Founder of Revolution Software – creators of the Broken Sword (pictured above) and Beneath a Steel Sky adventure games – about the current games industry and how the York-based company is adapting to the changing landscape of platforms and technology.

There will also be a special post-GDC briefing, followed by drinks and networking. Game Republic members go free, so get in touch if you would like to know more about joining the network. Thanks to York St John University for providing the venue and facilities for this Game Republic event.

Update: Photos added below!

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Game Republic iOS event 21st February in Leeds

smash tanks arGame Republic, supported by Autodesk, will host an event on Wednesday 21st February in Leeds focusing on Apple’s iOS software and hardware.

Taking place at the new Platform Leeds workspace right next to Leeds train station, the Game Republic event will feature the latest iOS innovations and a talk from games developer Dumpling Design about making their AR game Smash Tanks! for Apple devices.

The event will be an opportunity to network with other iOS developers, share information and ask questions on developing for the latest Apple software such as ARKit. After the event there will be drinks and networking – GR members go free and can sign up here.

Sony PlayStation joins GR/VR event on 24th January

IMG_20180124_182953Sony Interactive Entertainment PlayStation developer relations will be attending and speaking at the Game Republic GR/VR event on 24th January at Sheffield Hallam University’s new STEM Centre.

GR/VR is a virtual reality-focused event just for Game Republic members, and includes special talks and discussions from the cutting edge of VR/AR/MR development.

As well as Sony Computer Entertainment, GR/VR will also feature Simon Barratt from Cooperative Innovations who will talk about their cutting-edge VR projects, Jed Ashforth from Realised Realities discussing the development of games in VR, Francesca Walker from Creative Europe will giving more info on their fund for games and VISR VR will be talking about their mixed reality work with Google and Microsoft.

This first Game Republic event of 2018 will also feature a VR showcase from Sheffield Hallam University and other games developers from the network, followed by networking and drinks.

UPDATE: Photos from the event included, with some of the talks and VR demos.

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Game Republic Christmas Party & Quiz – 13th December

Red Kite winning quizHo ho ho! It’s nearly Christmas and what better way to celebrate the festive season than with the traditional Game Republic Christmas Party & Quiz on 13th December in Leeds?

The final event of the 2017 calendar was an opportunity for our members to network, enjoy a drink and a Christmas feast, and take part in the world-famous* Game Republic Christmas Quiz – 40 punishing games-themed questions with four rounds including “True or False” and “Old School”. Games developer and publisher Team17 has won the quiz for the past three years, but this year it was the turn of Red Kite Games to win the coveted trophy and champagne (see photo above).

This year we also ran an extra prize draw to raise money for charity with gifts kindly donated by Ubisoft and Bethesda, including Wolfenstein II T-shirts, a South Park special edition and a For Honor exclusive box set, which were won by Laser Dog Games and Red Kite Games. The prize draw raised £175 for Save the Children – so many thanks to everyone for contributing.

We’ll have more for members in 2018, with a programme of exciting events (including GR/VR on 24th January) so if you’re interested in joining, just get in touch. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

* The GR quiz may not actually be world-famous.

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GameDevDay 16th November – Game Republic and GaMaYo report

IMG_20171116_191401GameDevDay on 16th November 2017 in Leeds, with Headline Sponsor Amazon Appstore and sponsor Boneloaf, was a roaring success – more than 300 developers from Yorkshire and across the North descended on Leeds to attend both the Game Republic and GaMaYo (Game Makers Yorkshire) events to hear from industry speakers, network with other companies and play more than 20 new games from developers.

Mario Viviani from Amazon Appstore.

Mario Viviani from Amazon Appstore.

First up was the Game Republic business event, which featured talks from Mario Viviani, Technology Evangelist at Amazon Appstore with an update on their platform, including new opportunities to be featured on the Appstore and free GameMaker software, followed by Tony Baldwinson from Creative England, giving an update on the GamesLab Leeds initiative that has funded more than a dozen games developers and provided workshops and mentoring.

Tony Baldwinson, Ian Lindsey (middle) and Colin Macdonald.

Tony Baldwinson, Ian Lindsey (middle) and Colin Macdonald.

Then Ian Lindsey from games developer GameDigits gave a sobering but essential view of the tough mobile games market, and how his company manage to keep profitable by working with official licenses such as Storage Hunters UK and Red Dwarf (the new game is out now on iOS & Android!) Finally, Colin Macdonald from digital publisher All 4 Games gave developers tips on getting signed and how to impress investors and publishers when pitching your game.

IMG_20171116_195111After Game Republic, it was time for GaMaYo at Shooters bar in Leeds, packed with hundreds of games developers, networking and playing new games including One Man Tank from New Moon Games and Sumo Slammers by BetaJester. Mario Viviani also judged the best mobile games on the night and awarded prizes of a Fire TV and HD10 tablet to Kotori Studios for Fugl and Cave Monsters for their game Zoom Boom. GaMaYo is now the biggest developer event in the North of England, and was a fantastic opportunity for developers to meet platform-holders and network with games companies for possible work-for-hire and other employment opportunities. Our next GameDevDay will be in May 2018 – more news soon…