Game Republic Business Event, Salford, 24th February 2022

Our next event is a special one – a Game Republic business networking event on Thursday 24th February in Salford, in association with Gameopolis and HOST Salford, and kindly sponsored by Escape Technology!

Bringing together the game developer communities of Yorkshire, the North West and North East, this event features game demos from HOST Salford students, Women In Esports presentations, and business-focused talks and networking at HOST Salford, the UK’s first Unity Centre of Excellence.

The event industry talks feature a presentation by co-founder of Middlesbrough-based developer Radical Forge, Bruce Slater (pictured above – left) about developing in Unity, plus CEO & Creative Director of Manchester’s Huey Games, Rob Hewson, on bringing games to console. Afterwards there will be networking for all the games companies including opportunities to meet major publishers, investors and platform-holders.

Game Republic and Gameopolis members go free – more information here. If you are interested in more information on joining the network and accessing our exclusive games industry events, get in touch.

Game Republic Reception and Dinner at the Yorkshire Games Festival, 17th February

Leeds-based game developer Cooperative Innovations dining with YGF speaker Rami Ismail from Vlambeer in 2019

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Game Republic returns to the Yorkshire Games Festival to host a special drinks reception and dinner in partnership with the National Science & Media Museum in Bradford on Thursday 17th February 2022, kindly sponsored by Barclays and Escape Technology.

The evening event begins at 6pm with a drinks reception in the Games Lounge at the National Science and Media Museum, followed by a curry meal at Jinnah’s restaurant nearby.

The reception and dinner will be attended by Game Republic members, festival organisers and games industry speakers at the YGF, including guests from games news site Nintendo Life, and companies Team17, XR Games, Supermassive, Playground and Rocksteady.

Anyone attending the event has to wear a mask in the museum’s public areas (not in the reception) and for the dinner, attendees must be vaccinated and also have had a negative LFT on the day.

Tickets are available here – and with a special member code are just £18 (plus VAT) – for more info on membership of Game Republic, please get in touch.

As for the main Yorkshire Games Festival 2022, tickets are now available for the Game Talks taking place on 17th and 18th February, and there is also a Schools Day, Careers Lounge and Let’s Play Family Weekend on 12th and 13th February – and GR members again receive a discount.

EDIT: Photos from the event now added below!

A tribute to our friend and Just Add Water founder Stewart Gilray

The founder and CEO of Just Add Water Ltd, Stewart Gilray, sadly passed away from COVID-19 on Thursday 6th January 2022 aged 51.

Stewart was an industry veteran of more than 30 years working in games at various studios including Revolution Software in York, and others such as Psygnosis, Grolier Interactive, Runecraft and Bullfrog.

Stew finally set up Just Add Water Ltd in 2006 and the Yorkshire-based company is credited with revitalising the Oddworld franchise with releases of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD, Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee and Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! as well as creating titles such as Sniper Elite VR for Rebellion and Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality for Maze Theory.

Gravity Crash – an original game for PlayStation PSP and Vita from Stew and JAW Ltd

Just Add Water also worked on its own IP, including the 2D blaster Gravity Crash for PlayStation PSP and Vita – Stew was a huge PlayStation fan first and foremost!

As well as the development side, Stew was also very active in Game Republic, and was a judge at the Student Showcase for many years, giving out awards to student teams and encouraging young people into the industry he loved.

Stew presenting a Game Art award at the Game Republic Student Showcase in 2011

You can also see Stew here talking on a BBC Look North report about the Game Republic Student Showcase in 2013. Always a passionate supporter of the Yorkshire games scene, he attended numerous Game Republic and GaMaYo events, and was always there at the end of the phone or on social media to offer support, help, advice and encouragement to fellow developers.

Those who knew him, were also very aware of his passion for music and playing guitar, and he was a huge (and very vocal) fan of the band Rush. Stewart Gilray was a funny, friendly, dedicated family man, musician and games developer – he will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to his wife, two children and all of his family and friends.

Game Republic Christmas Party & Quiz – NEW DATE Wed 26th Jan, Leeds

UPDATE! We’ll now be hosting our Game Republic Christmas Party & Quiz on Wednesday 26th January at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds from 6pm. Big thanks to our Main Sponsor Red Kite Games, and also our sponsor Escape Technology.

GR members can enjoy drinks, Christmas food (pizzas and mince pies – the classic combo) and our games-themed quiz with prizes!

This is our first Game Republic Christmas Party in two years, so we’re looking forward to sharing some New Year cheer with our members, many that have joined in that time. We’re also encouraging members to still wear those Christmas jumpers and hats in January…
If you’d like to become a Game Republic member and access our events and services, please get in touch.


Game Republic to host Yogscast Games in Leeds this November

Game Republic’s next industry event is on Thursday 18th November at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds with speaker and sponsor Yogscast Games!

Simon Byron, Director of Publishing at Yogscast Games will be speaking about the new publishing outfit for the famous streaming/influencer brand, with a talk on what they are looking for from developers and what influences the decision of publishers on whether to sign a game.

We’ll also hear from Laura Harper at Irwin Mitchell about publisher contracts, including some invaluable advice on what to make sure you include – plus Michelle Cooper from the Department for International Trade (DIT) will present about opportunities for games companies to receive up to £9,000 match-funding to international events such as GDC.

Afterwards there’ll be drinks, pizza and networking until 8pm. If you’d like to attend, get in touch about becoming a member of Game Republic.

EDIT: Photos from the event below!