Game Republic Student Showcase Returns on 7th June

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 Game Republic Podcast is 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.

GameDevDay Returns on 3rd May in Leeds

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.

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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.