The Department for International Trade (DIT) has just launched a virtual Northern Powerhouse trade mission to Gamescom/Devcom from 17 – 30 August – and all participating games companies from Yorkshire and the North of England can receive 50% funding!
The mission is part of Ukie’s Gamescom/Devcom presence at the virtual show, which has both business and consumer elements, including access to the MeetToMatch system for video meetings with publishers and platform-holders. As well as the Ukie activities and the Gamescom/Devcom events, the DIT with Game Republic is also hosting exclusive webinars for NPH companies including one featuring how to build your brand at international events, another on best practice for video meetings and roundtables with major industry companies including SEGA.
Packages start at just £300 + VAT – and all eligible companies will receive 50% funding, meaning the cost reduces to only £150 + VAT minimum to take part in one of the world’s biggest games events. To register your interest in the DIT NPH games mission to Gamescom and Devcom, sign up here – but be quick as there are limited places!
Game Republic is hosting its annual Summer Arcade Party on Wednesday 22nd July, this year online and with the kind sponsorship of Escape Technology!
The event is free for Game Republic members but is also available for anyone to take part via a paid ticket with all proceeds going to the charity Special Effect.
The Game Republic Summer Arcade Party Online ticket includes 3 free classic coin-op games from Bandai Namco – Pac-Man, Dig-Dug and Galaga – on PC Steam (via a gift) or Xbox One store code. You also receive an invite to a Game Republic Zoom meet-up, which from 7pm – 9pm on 22nd July will show live games and have the high scores from the three featured games. The attendees with the best high scores for each game on the night will win prizes (one per household)!
Edit: Final winners who all receive a £25 game voucher!
Andrew Crawshaw (Thunk’d) – Galaga – 65,290
Nat Waterworth (Indie-Shark Games) – Pac-Man – 37,080
Paul Jervis (Twelve Oaks Software) – Dig Dug – 15,960
Game Republic is co-hosting its first games industry recruitment event on Tuesday 14th July – Games Jobs Live: Game Republic, sponsored by Red Kite Games and Sumo Digital.
This FREE online event is for anyone 18+ from graduate level to industry professional interested in a job in the Yorkshire and Northern England games industry, with presentations from games companies Sumo Digital, Red Kite Games, Huey Games, Rebellion North, Game Works and Team17, followed by an opportunity to chat with the companies on Discord to enquire about vacancies, post CVs and portfolios and request a private chat.
Game Republic is actively encouraging more people from diverse backgrounds to take part in Games Jobs Live. You can now view all the presentations from our games companies below.
On Wednesday 8th July, Game Republic hosts its next event, “Working With Influencers” with CEO of Fourth Floor Creative, Rich Keith (not pictured – that’s DanTDM!)
Rich will discuss the current influencer landscape across YouTube, Twitch and other platforms, and give invaluable advice on how to work with influencers to successfully promote your game to millions of players.
The event is free to all Game Republic members – if you are a games developer, affiliate company or university/college and would like to attend this webinar and other forthcoming Game Republic events, please get in touch.
The successful Yorkshire games industry is featured in this month’s MCV/Develop Magazine.
With contributions from games companies including Sumo Digital, PitStop Productions, Rebellion North, and Team17, the feature is a celebration of the vibrant and diverse industry that exists right across Yorkshire and Humber taking in towns and cities such as Wakefield, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Barnsley and Huddersfield.
The article also features interviews with the Yorkshire Games Festival, National Videogame Museum and Game Republic, focusing on topics including recruitment, university and college games courses and investment in the region.