Game Republic, supported by Autodesk, hosted two events on Thursday 24th November in Leeds for GameDevDay! Headline sponsor Creative England GamesLab Leeds launched their new funding and business support initiative, with grants of £10,000, £20,000 and £30,000 available to games developers in the Leeds City Region.
Rob Crossley, Head of Games and Digital at Creative England (pictured above) also discussed the additional mentoring, workshops and networking that companies receive for GamesLab Leeds, as well as an opportunity to attend the Game Developers Conference 2017 in San Francisco next March. More details on the scheme, including eligibility, are available here.
GameDevDay continued with Jamie Gwilliam, UK Territory Manager at Autodesk discussing creative industry trends – such as the fact that the number of VFX shots is growing fast in the film industry, while costs are getting lower – and the company’s main products of Maya, 3DS Max, Shotgun and Stingray.
The talk was followed by a special presentation from Senior Producer at Rebellion, James Valls, on the making of the superb PlayStation VR game Battlezone VR, including useful tips for VR developers (see photo above).
The final talk was from publisher Merge Games on working with indie developers and making sure you get your game noticed on digital stores, retail stores (with their special Signature Editions) and at UK and international gamer-focused events such as PAX and EGX. Finally, a panel at the end of the day featuring all the speakers revealed opinions on the state of VR and whether AR is actually the future, the “indiepocalypse” and what the industry will be looking forward to in 2017 including the Nintendo Switch.
GameDevDay finished with 10-minute intensive networking/speed dating for the attendees across four different tables – publishing (Merge Games), tech/tools (Autodesk/Escape Technology), essentials (3volution, Garbutt & Elliott and PIB Insurance) and funding (Creative England GamesLab Leeds).
From 6.30pm, the GaMaYo evening event was held at Shooters bar in Leeds, kindly sponsored by Creative England GamesLab Leeds, plus the University of Leeds, Merge Games and Escape Technology and HP.
GaMaYo welcomed more then 250 developers from Yorkshire, the North East and North West, with drinks and networking and more than 20 new games on-show including Mable and the Wood from Triple Vision Games and Dungeon Raiders from Barog Ltd.
The event, the largest games developer gathering in the North of England, also raised more than £234 for games charity Special Effect.The next GaMaYo event will be in April 2017 – Game Republic’s 2016 sign-off is the Christmas Party and Quiz on 7th December in Leeds. Don’t miss it!