The return of the Game Republic Summer Arcade Party, 20th July, Leeds

The legendary Game Republic Summer Arcade Party is back on Wednesday 20th July from 6pm at the Leeds Arcade Club, kindly sponsored by Escape Technology, XR Games, Revolution Software and Red Kite Games!

The event is an industry get-together where attendees can play hundreds of classic arcade games over three floors, including an incredible SEGA area, bona fide classic such as Donkey Kong, Tempest and R-Type (Charles Cecil from Revolution Software’s favourite) and new games such as the brilliant two-player House of the Dead.

GR members will also be treated to pizza and plenty of drinks including non-alcoholic selections – it’s a fantastic and fun evening celebrating the history of videogames and networking with the wonderful folks in the Yorkshire and Northern games industry!

Entry is free to all Game Republic members or you can pay to attend here – if you are interested in joining the network (which is a paid membership from £100 + VAT for an individual), get in touch.

EDIT – now updated with photos from the event!

Game Republic Student Showcase 2022, Tuesday 7th June, York

After two years of virtual online events, the Game Republic Student Showcase returns as an in-person event on Tuesday 7th June at York St John University! The yearly event celebrates the best final-year and postgraduate projects of our Educational Partners, and is judged in various awards by games companies in the network.

The Game Republic Student Showcase has resulted in the creation of hundreds of placements and full-time jobs since its creation in 2008, helping graduates into long-term and successful careers in the Yorkshire and UK games industry.

This year’s event has 33 games projects from 10 universities and colleges including the University of Huddersfield, Leeds City College, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Hull, York St John University and Staffordshire University.

The awards this year from our games company judges and sponsors are the Sumo Digital Award for Game Design, the Distinctive Games Award for Game Audio, the Rebellion North Award for Game Art and Animation, the Red Kite Games Award for Game Technology and a special award for Best Team.

The event is also sponsored by Barclays Games and Revolution Software. As well as the Showcase and the Award Prizegiving, there will be a special industry panel about “getting into the games industry” to help all the graduates at the event, which is in partnership with York St John University.

A video of some of the fantastic projects and photos of the event below – plus you can see all the winners of the awards here.


Major Northern games networking event GaMaYo returns on Wednesday 25th May in Leeds!

We’re back! After a 2-year absence due to the pandemic, the next GaMaYo event will be on Wednesday 25th May 2022, 6pm – 10.30pm at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds!

Big thanks to lead sponsor Red Kite Games, and also sponsors Escape Technology and Rebellion North.

GaMaYo #18 will feature networking with more than 200 other developers from across the North, games industry guests (including publishers) plus a showcase of brand new games from fantastic game developers from all over Yorkshire and the North of England. This is the biggest games developer-focused event in the North so don’t miss out.

UPDATE: Photos from the event below courtesy of Will Buckle, Radical Forge!

Game Republic business event, Wednesday 27th April, Leeds

The next Game Republic business event is at the Barclays Eagle Lab at AvenueHQ in Leeds on Wednesday 27th April from 4pm!

Featuring Bobby Wertheim from major UK publisher Curve Games discussing games publishing and selling your game, Emma Cowling (Business Coach and Women In Games Ambassador) talking inclusivity for your company strategy, and Mat Murray from Leeds-based AR and XR specialists XR Games on getting investment for your company.

After the talks there will be an opportunity to network and chat to other Game Republic members until 7pm. If you are interested in joining the largest games business network in the North of England, get in touch.

Game Republic Post-GDC Business event, 29th March, Sheffield

The next Game Republic event will be on Tuesday 29th March at the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield from 4pm!

It’s an opportunity for companies to hear the latest news from GDC in San Francisco, as well as presentations from companies, and networking – as well as playing the museum’s fantastic collection of classic games!

Speakers confirmed include the BFI, who will detail the rules around claiming Video Games Tax Relief, plus PitStop Productions on audio, music and voice-acting for games – with another major speaker TBC.

The presentations will be followed by more opportunities for playing classic games and networking with other games companies from Sheffield and the North of England. If you’d like to join Game Republic and be a part of the North’s largest games business network, get in touch.