Game Republic GameDevDay to Launch GamesLab Leeds

gameslab-logo-block-high-res-gl-leeds-updatedGame Republic, supported by Autodesk and Escape Technology, is hosting GameDevDay on Thursday 24th November in Leeds. The Game Republic event features Headline Sponsor Creative England and GamesLab Leeds and the launch of its new funding and business initiative for the Leeds City Region, with Head of Games & Digital, Rob Crossley.

GameDevDay is also sponsored by the University of Leeds and Merge Games – the latter who will be speaking about digital publishing. There will also be a talk from special guest James Valls from Rebellion, who will be speaking about the creation of their recent PlayStation VR hit Battlezone VR – plus a panel with guests including Autodesk and Escape Technology and an opportunity to network (with cakes!)

In the evening, the GaMaYo (Game Makers Yorkshire) event will take place with more than 250 developers from Yorkshire, the North West and North East of England, and a showcase with 20 new games to play. GaMaYo is Headline Sponsored by Creative England GamesLab Leeds, with sponsors Escape Technology and HP, Merge Games and the University of Leeds.

We’ll have a full report on GameDevDay here very soon – for more information on the events, visit our Events Calendar.

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Yorkshire Games Festival and Game Republic Speakers Dinner Report

guardian-panel-with-rhiThe first Yorkshire Games Festival took place from 9th – 13th November 2016 at the National Media Museum in Bradford in partnership with Game Republic, supported by Autodesk.

The festival resulted in large audiences coming to Bradford to take part in games design and writing workshops, hear world-renowned games industry speakers, play new and exciting games from local developers and get invaluable career advice.

kev-carthew-talkSpeakers for the festival included John Romero (co-creator of the defining first-person-shooters Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake), Brenda Romero (developer of Wizardry and many other titles), Gary Napper (lead designer of Alien: Isolation and now working on VR projects at Supermassive Games), Kevin Carthew (Creative Director at Team17 – pictured), Sean Millard & Seb Liese (Sumo Digital), Adrian Hon (creator of Zombies, Run!), Warren Spector (Otherside Entertainment), Rhianna Pratchett (writer of Tomb Raider), Charles Cecil (co-founder of Revolution Software) and Rob Bartholomew (Creative Assembly).

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Particular highlights included: Brenda Romero’s inspiring talk “Mother, Woman, Girl: A Lifetime in Games”; Warren Spector meeting fellow Ion Storm alumni John Romero over Skype backstage – pictured; the Guardian interview panels on the Wednesday and Thursday, with Keith Stuart and Jordan Erica Webber (pictured at the top of this feature); Gary Napper at Supermassive describing the moment a tough American bro was reduced to a gibbering wreck after playing VR; discovering Seb “Snake Pass” Liese from Sumo owned two snakes names “Solid” and “Liquid”; and the Edge Presents interview on-stage with writer Ben Maxwell and John Romero – pictured.

 

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The family weekend included a Nintendo Zone (complete with appearances by Pikachu), a talk and live play of Gang Beasts by The Yogscast, a Minecraft workshop and a Yorkshire Games Showcase from more than a dozen local developers such as Red Kite Games (pictured), Triple Vis Games, Team17, Sumo and Kotori Studios.

curry-2The major event for Game Republic, however, was an exclusive Speakers Dinner, held at the National Media Museum and Omar Khan’s restaurant in Bradford, and sponsored by Red Kite Games, Escape Technology and HP.

The special festival event was an opportunity to bring together the National Media Museum, University of Bradford and Bradford College together with speakers from the festival and Game Republic members.

jackie-curryAs well as enjoying a drinks reception in the Games Lounge and a curry in the city that has won Curry Capital of the UK for the third year running, the Speakers Dinner was an opportunity for GR members to meet and talk to festival speakers to discuss their games and the wider games industry issues such as diversity in games, VR, AR, skills in the region, education provision and access to finance.

The Speakers Dinner was also just a fun event for members to chat to and meet legends of the industry such as John Romero and Brenda Romero. For more information on the Game Republic network, how we can help your games company or educational institution and to make sure you don’t miss out on our upcoming events, do get in contact. For more photos check out the Game Republic Facebook Page.

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Yorkshire Games Festival to showcase best of games industry in region and beyond

yorkshire-games-festival-event-540x260The countdown has begun for the first ever Yorkshire Games Festival at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

The festival which runs from 9-13th November has been developed in partnership with Game Republic and features an impressive line-up including John Romero (co-creator of Doom & Quake), Brenda Romero, Rhianna Pratchett, Warren Spector, Gary Napper from Supermassive Games, talks from Creative Assembly, Sumo Digital, Team17 and Revolution Software as well as workshops with GR members including writer Steve Ince and game designer Fee Stewart at Bradford College. There will also be a book signing from Keith Stuart from The Guardian, in additional to panels hosted at the festival with fellow journalist Jordan Erica Webber, plus a special Edge Magazine on-stage interview with John Romero. Many events have sold out – but it is worth checking the website to check if spaces are available over next few days and getting a pass to the festival.

The festival will also include a full weekend of activities suitable for all ages including a Nintendo Zone with some guest appearances by Pokémon, a University of Bradford game jam, a chance to build the National Media Museum in Minecraft and our newest Educational Partner Bradford College and The Northern School of Creative Industries will be holding a Creative Crunch for 14-19 year olds. For anyone aspiring to be a Youtuber, there is also guide to how to be an entertainment star presented by Yogscast with a live play of GR member Boneloaf’s game Gang Beasts.

For those interested in the games industry in the region, there is also a major Yorkshire Games Showcase, sponsored by the BFI Yorkshire Screen Hub which will feature games from studios including Team17 (showing Worms: WMD), Sumo Digital (demonstrating the as-yet-unreleased game Snake Pass) and Dumpling Design (demo-ing their action racer Dashy Crashy Turbo) as well as retro games and more.

Come along and support the Yorkshire Games Festival, and show the potential we have in the region to host future games events and highlight the great games development talent we have in the North!

Amidst all of the festival fun, we are hosting an extra special and exclusive Game Republic dinner on 10th November, sponsored by Red Kite Games, Escape Technology and HP which will include speakers from the festival. The dinner is only open to members of the GR network and the link to book is here – you will need your password.

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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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