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.



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.


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.