The Game Republic Summer Party 2018 took place on Wednesday 18th July at the Adelphi in Leeds, and was kindly sponsored by Insight Studios Ltd.
The Summer Party is a yearly event where Game Republic members including games developers, affiliate members and Educational Partners enjoy business networking, drinks, food and games – and this year we had fantastic retro handheld and portable games consoles courtesy of Replay Events.
Partygoers had an opportunity to play consoles such as the classic Vectrex, original Game Boy, Atari Jaguar, Tomy LCD games from the 1980s, Nintendo Game & Watch and a rare NEC TurboExpress/PC Engine GT. The Game Republic Summer Party included guests from games developers such as Revolution Software, Insight Studios, Red Kite Games, Eden Agency, Weaseltron, Double 11, Team17, Sports Director and BetaJester. The next Game Republic event will be in Sheffield on Thursday 27th September with special guest speakers to be announced!
Game Republic will again be partnering and attending Develop: Brighton, from 10th – 12th July.
Develop: Brighton is the largest games developer-focused event in the UK, and features talks, panels, an expo, awards ceremony, charity bashes, networking opportunities and a series of smaller events happening at the same time in Brighton, including Games By The Sea and the GamesIndustry.biz Party.
Game Republic will be there to attend the conference and meet with platform-holders and publishers, as well as help its Yorkshire and Northern England games company and university members make essential business contacts and connections. We will also be celebrating the brilliant Sumo Digital’s 15th anniversary at a special celebration event on the Wednesday 11th July – the company, now with offices in Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and India was set up in 2003, the same year as Game Republic!
Any Game Republic members that would still like to buy tickets for Develop: Brighton can still get a 10% discount code. If you’re interested in joining the network, or attending/sponsoring one of our upcoming events, including our GR Summer Party on 18th July in Leeds, do get in touch.
The Game Republic Student Showcase returns for an eleventh year on Thursday 7th June at Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley Campus.
The event will feature 25 final-year games and tech projects from Game Republic’s Educational Partners, being judged in various award categories – the Revolution Software Award for Art & Animation, the Sumo Digital Award for Game Design, the Red Kite Games Award for Game Technology and a special award for Best Team.
More than 50 previous award winners have enjoyed placements and full-time jobs in industry, joining companies including Rockstar Leeds, Distinctive Games and Sumo Digital, as well as setting up their own successful games companies, such as Shuttershade Studios. The GR Student Showcase really does change lives – an opportunity for games course graduates to directly meet games companies and network for jobs or advice in the games industry.
After the prizegiving, there will be a special panel for students about “Getting into the Games Industry” with tips from the games companies in the network – followed by drinks and networking. Game Republic members can attend for free here – for more info on joining the North’s biggest games business network, contact us.
UPDATE! Full report with photos and all the award winners here.
The very first Game Republic Podcast, supported by Autodesk, is now live on Soundcloud and iTunes!
The podcast features Charles Cecil MBE, co-founder of Revolution Software, the creators of fantastic adventure games such as Beneath a Steel Sky and the Broken Sword series. In this in-depth interview, Charles discusses his early career, dealing with unscrupulous publishers, living and working in York, Brexit, and the state of the games industry in 2018.
Charles gives a very honest interview, discussing how the firm nearly went bankrupt in 2008, but have since been completely revitalised due to digital stores – especially Apple’s App Store – and reveals exciting details on their new adventure game, which will be announced later this year.
The Game Republic Podcast will be an ongoing series – if you are a GR member and would like to take part, please get in touch. The Podcast is available to stream and download from iTunes and Soundcloud.
The Game Republic, supported by Autodesk, GameDevDay returns on Thursday 3rd May as part of the Leeds International Festival, and sponsored by Unity Technologies, PlayIgnite and Eaton Smith.
GameDevDay begins with a Game Republic event at Platform in Leeds from 3.30pm, featuring talks from Unity’s Josh Naylor on the latest innovations from the company, Matt Frenchman from PlayIgnite about mobile user acquisition, Sam Rushton from Creative England about their previous projects and an update on the latest funding and support initiatives, Neil Parmar from Escape Technology discussing useful software for developers, Mario Viviani from Amazon unveiling the new GameOn initiative plus Chris Taylor from Eaton Smith on the importance of GDPR rules for games developers.
GameDevDay then continues from 6pm at Shooters Bar in Leeds for GaMaYo (Game Makers Yorkshire) #14, with more than 250 Yorkshire and Northern games developers meeting for drinks and networking, as well as more than 20 new games to play – many debuting for the first time.
Now updated! Photos added below.