Microsoft Xbox will be speaking at the next Game Republic business event for members on Thursday 29th April from 4pm.
Ben Robinson, Production Partner, Xbox, will present on the latest Xbox platform initiatives for developers including Game Pass. The Xbox talk will be followed by an opportunity for all Game Republic members to ask questions.
This GR online event is a fantastic opportunity to hear from one of the industry’s biggest platform-holders and discover the best ways to promote and sell your games on Xbox consoles and PC. If you are not a Game Republic member, would like to attend the event and also find out more about how the network can help your business, get in touch.
Sheffield’ Sumo Digital won 2 BAFTAs for Sackboy: A Big Adventure on PlayStation 5
Ex-students from Sheffield Hallam University that swept the awards at the Game Republic Student Showcase, have won three BAFTA Game Awards at the ceremony held on Thursday 25th March 2021.
Members of the Steel Minions team, who were awarded the Student Showcase first prizes in Game Technology, Game Design and Best Team for their game Bounceback in 2012, went on to work for UK games studios Sumo Digital and Rare, who last night scooped BAFTAs for the games Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Sea of Thieves respectively.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure, a platforming sequel to the hugely popular Little Big Planet games on PlayStation, won two BAFTAs for Best Family Game and British Game for Sumo Digital in Sheffield, while Sea of Thieves, an open-world online pirate action-adventure from Rare, plundered a BAFTA for Best Evolving Game. For the latter, you can see the amazing artwork from ex-Steel Minion Victoria Hall, now Senior Concept Artist at Rare, here.
“It’s humbling to see the incredible career trajectories of previous Student Showcase winners,” said Dr Jacob Habgood, Director of Education Partnerships at Sumo Digital. “It’s a great testament to the hard work that Game Republic has put into the running such an important regional competition over many years.”
The Game Republic Student Showcase 2021 is scheduled to take place online on Wednesday 26th May with up to 15 universities and colleges showing their final-year student projects, judged by studios including Sumo Digital, Red Kite Games and Rebellion North, with sponsorship from Barclays. You can check out last year’s event here. Congratulations again to GR member Sumo Digital for their double BAFTA success for the brilliant Sackboy: A Big Adventure!
The next Game Republic event for members focuses on various aspects of the games business including funding, management and IP protection.
The first talk is from Steve Tagger, nDreams, with news on the company’s exciting $2m to co-fund and publish externally developed VR projects and how games companies can apply.
Secondly, there will be an “IP Top Tips” presentation from GR member Aaron Trebble, DLA Piper, with essential advice on protecting your game and company IP in global markets.
Thirdly we have an essential games business management talk from Ron Ashtiani, ex-Atomhawk and creative leadership consultant, which will feature a warts-and-all conversation about the things he got wrong and right when running his company. All talks will have an opportunity for members to ask questions too. If you’d like more info on how to join Game Republic and access our events, get in touch.
Major global games investor Makers Fund will attend the next Game Republic members event on Thursday 11th March at 5pm.
Archie Stonehill, investor at Makers Fund, will present on the opportunities for games companies available with the VC firm, as well as the current venture capitalist games funding landscape.
Makers Fund has invested huge sums in various games companies around the world including Bossa Studios, tinyBuild, Roboto Games, VR Chat – and a $5m investment in UK-based Unit 2 Games as a result of a meeting at the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit in London.
Game Republic members can access this event as part of their membership – for more info on joining GR, get in touch.
Game Republic is hosting a game developer funding special on 18th February.
Ella Romanos from Fundamentally Games, will talk about the different kinds of funding available for games companies, ranging from project funding through to equity funding, with info on what different seed rounds mean and how to get your company “investor-ready”. There will also be a round-up of different public and private funding available for games projects.
Also speaking will be Deborah Farley from the UK Games Fund with the latest on their excellent Tranzfuser scheme – this is the initiative that funds student games prototypes and also provides mentoring from industry. Game Republic members can access this event for free – get in touch if you need more info on joining the network.
Update: You can now watch the video of the event on our YouTube channel.