Game Republic GameDevDay 24th November

gameslab-logo-block-high-res-gl-leeds-updatedGame Republic, supported by Autodesk, is hosting a special GameDevDay event on Thursday 24th November in Leeds, with the launch of Creative England’s GamesLab Leeds funding initiative.

Creative England’s new Head of Games and Digital, Rob Crossley, will be presenting a talk and answering questions about GamesLab Leeds, a programme of funding and business support for brilliant, exciting games developers in the Leeds City Region. Headline sponsor Creative England will also be there to advise on other support available and also to help with applications for GamesLab Leeds games funding.

GameDevDay will also feature a talk from sponsor Merge Games, publisher of games from Game Republic members including Laser Dog Games’ HoPiKo and Sigtrap Games’ Sublevel Zero on console. There will also be other major guests to be announced soon, including talks sponsored by Escape Technology and Autodesk.

Game Republic members can access the event for free and there are also limited tickets available for GaMaYo members too. Hit the website for more information.

Game Republic Announces Autodesk Support

gr_autodesk-lock-upAt the Mobile Games Design event on Wednesday 19th October in Sheffield, Game Republic was pleased to announce that software and technology company Autodesk, Inc will be the games industry network’s first ever official supporter.

The affiliation with Autodesk is the first of its kind for Game Republic, which began in 2003, and now brings together the largest games industry network in Northern England with more than 60 company members and nine universities and more than 700 individual members in both the Game Republic and GaMaYo networks across Yorkshire, the North East and North West of England.

Autodesk builds 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, including the games industry standard software Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Maya LT, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Stingray, Autodesk Scaleform and Autodesk MotionBuilder.

Jamie Sefton, managing director of Game Republic, has described the support from Autodesk, “as a step/change in what we can deliver in the coming year for our Game Republic and GaMaYo members. It means we can bring an even more ambitious event programme together to help and get more business for our members.”

Autodesk will be working with Game Republic and will support the GR events from October 2016. The collaboration means Autodesk can provide useful insider tips and information on their software for game developers on a special Autodesk section of the Game Republic website. Free help and advice on the Autodesk software available for games development – including the innovative Maya LT, 3D modelling and animation tool built for indie games studios,- will also be available for Game Republic members.

The programme of Game Republic events coming this year and during 2017 will combine social events as well as business events bringing platform-holders, publishers, investors and designers together with companies and developers from across Northern England. More information on the upcoming events programme and how the network can help games businesses can be found here.

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Game Republic Mobile Games Design Event

ipadGame Republic’s next members event will be Mobile Games Design on Wednesday 19th October in Sheffield. The event will focus on opportunities for games developers in mobile games, with a particular emphasis on iOS development.

Simon Iwaniszak, Managing Director at Red Kite Games, will deliver a talk about making successful premium games on mobile, using the company’s recent example of their beautiful puzzle game Dream Machine, co-developed by Game Digits. We’ll also hear from Nigel Little, Managing Director at Distinctive Games, about the state of the Free-to-Play games business on mobile, with examples from the company’s recent successes including Football Kicks: Title Race.

The talks will be followed by a Q&A about iOS development, and we’ll also reveal some very exciting news about Game Republic! The Mobile Games Design event will be followed by our usual drinks and great networking. Game Republic members can sign up for free – contact us for information on the benefits of joining the biggest games network in Yorkshire and the North.

GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit News

egxGame 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.

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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.

trade-zone-meetingsIn 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.

Game Changers Event showcases opportunities with Sony and achievements in York

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Over 60 Game Republic members and invited guests attended Game Republic’s Game Changers lunch on 12th September to meet Spencer Low, Producer, Strategic Content for Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and to hear useful insights into IP from Louise Handley of 3volution.

The Game Changers lunchtime event provided the Game Republic developers with key information on how best to work with Sony, the type of support that exists for game studios publishing and funding and the potential of the 20 million subscribers on PlayStation Plus.

Game Republic’s Jamie Seftojamien (pictured left trying out some VR at the event) commented “It was great to see so many of our developers getting to meet Spencer and share their games, and getting tips on how to approach IP from Louise. Being able to work with the team at DC Labs in York also provided our members with insights into the work from artificial intelligence to business resilience.”

gbphotoThe Game Republic lunchtime event which was sponsored by Garbutt & Elliott formed part of NEMOG, a conference and expo celebrating 3 years of work with the games industry exploring player analytics, behaviours and the game industry’s ever changing business models. Following the lunch and lots of networking at the Lake House, GR members joined the NEMOG conference and expo to see some of the work that has emerged from games industry research projects over the last 3 years.

The next Game Republic event will be on 19th October and will be looking at Mobile Games Design at the Showroom Sheffield with talks from Red Kite and a very special announcement. Tickets available here