Thursday 27th April 2017 was the date for the second #gamedevday, featuring a Game Republic event in the afternoon and GaMaYo (Game Makers Yorkshire) in the evening, both supported by Autodesk and Escape Technology – and was our biggest event yet, with more than 350 attendees as part of the Leeds International Festival.
Game Republic in the afternoon at Futurelabs featured talks from Sony PlayStation VR on “The Journey So Far” including what the company is looking for now in VR games and experiences (“innovation” and “the next big thing”) and a presentation from York developer Recluse Industries, plus the BFI on the cultural test for Games Tax Relief. We also heard from Yogscast about “influencing the influencers” of YouTube and Twitch, and from the day’s Headline Sponsor Amazon Appstore about marketing strategies for mobile games developers.
In the evening was the GaMaYo networking event, which featured more than 300 developers from Yorkshire, the North West, and North East of England, with more than 20 new games on-show, including the new title from Leeds-based Laser Dog Games, which won the Amazon Appstore competition for Best Mobile Game on the night.
GaMaYo also featured many Game Republic games developers including Sumo Digital, Red Kite Games, Spherical Games and Team17, and also raised money for games charity Special Effect. Huge thanks to all our speakers, our supporters Autodesk and Escape Technology, the Leeds International Festival and our Headline Sponsor Amazon Appstore. The next Game Republic event will be the yearly GR Student Showcase on 8th June at the University of Leeds.
Game Republic, supported by Autodesk and Escape Technology, is having another #gamedevday on Thursday 27th April in Leeds as part of the Leeds International Festival.
The Game Republic event features an afternoon of games business talks from PlayStation VR, Yogscast, Creative England, the BFI and more special guests. In the evening, the Game Republic event is followed by GaMaYo (Game Makers Yorkshire) #12, a celebration of games development across the North of England, with more than 200 developers and a showcase of brand new games to play.
Game Republic is pleased to announce that Amazon Appstore is the Headline Sponsor for both the Game Republic and GaMaYo events on 27th April. The Amazon Appstore team will be around to talk to developers about their games about how best to get featured on Appstore and more. Amazon will also be running a GaMaYo competition on the night for the best mobile games with great prizes including a Fire TV console and Fire HD tablet.
Games developers can also also submit their game to the UK Developer Spotlight for a chance to be featured on Amazon Appstore UK, USA and Germany by using the special link – and the submission deadline has just been extended to the 26th May.
Game Republic members get access to both events for free. We’ll have a full report on this special event soon.
Game Republic is partnering again with the Develop: Brighton Conference, taking place from 11th – 13th July.
Develop: Brighton is the major game development business conference in the UK, featuring talks, interviews, an expo, the Develop Awards and many opportunities to network with hundreds of other games developers and publishers.
As an official partner, Game Republic can also offer our members 10% off the price of all tickets – including Early Bird offers and a new specially-priced new Micro Indie Pass for small games developers up to four people. More information on this year’s Develop: Brighton is on the website.
The next Game Republic, supported by Autodesk, event will be Storytelling in Games, on Thursday 23rd March at Game Makers Space in Leeds.
This special event will have presentations on the best ways developers can create amazing worlds, memorable characters and great stories in their games. Richard Cobbett (writer, Sunless Sea), Steve Ince (writer, Broken Sword) and Andy Campbell (Dreaming Methods) will discuss games writing and storytelling, plus there will be a panel where developers can ask questions on developing compelling narrative in their titles.
The event will also feature Mario Viviani and other guests from Amazon Appstore plus there will be a handy GDC 2017 round-up from Game Republic, including the latest news from all the major platform-holders such as Microsoft and Nintendo.
Afterwards there will be drinks and networking, and an opportunity to play some demos from developers based at Game Makers @ Futurelabs. Game Republic members go free – more information here.
Game Republic will attending the Game Developers Conference 2017 in San Francisco, USA, from 27th February to 3rd March, meeting platform-holders, publishers, journalists, game developers and investors, as well as promoting the Yorkshire and Humber region, and all our game developers and universities/colleges across the North of England.
We’ll be heading to the biggest event in the global games development calendar along with many of our members including Team17, Sumo Digital, University of Leeds, Revolution Software, Red Kite Games, University of York, BetaJester and many more. Game Republic will also be attending the Game Connection event – speed-dating for games businesses – on Tuesday 28th February, to meet more companies for business opportunities.
If you would like to know more about the Game Republic network, and our amazing games companies, educational partners and affiliates, get in touch and meet us in San Francisco.