Ho ho ho! It’s nearly Christmas and what better way to celebrate the festive season than with the traditional Game Republic Christmas Party & Quiz on 13th December in Leeds?
The final event of the 2017 calendar was an opportunity for our members to network, enjoy a drink and a Christmas feast, and take part in the world-famous* Game Republic Christmas Quiz – 40 punishing games-themed questions with four rounds including “True or False” and “Old School”. Games developer and publisher Team17 has won the quiz for the past three years, but this year it was the turn of Red Kite Games to win the coveted trophy and champagne (see photo above).
This year we also ran an extra prize draw to raise money for charity with gifts kindly donated by Ubisoft and Bethesda, including Wolfenstein II T-shirts, a South Park special edition and a For Honor exclusive box set, which were won by Laser Dog Games and Red Kite Games. The prize draw raised £175 for Save the Children – so many thanks to everyone for contributing.
We’ll have more for members in 2018, with a programme of exciting events (including GR/VR on 24th January) so if you’re interested in joining, just get in touch. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
* The GR quiz may not actually be world-famous.
GameDevDay on 16th November 2017 in Leeds, with Headline Sponsor Amazon Appstore and sponsor Boneloaf, was a roaring success – more than 300 developers from Yorkshire and across the North descended on Leeds to attend both the Game Republic and GaMaYo (Game Makers Yorkshire) events to hear from industry speakers, network with other companies and play more than 20 new games from developers.
Mario Viviani from Amazon Appstore.
First up was the Game Republic business event, which featured talks from Mario Viviani, Technology Evangelist at Amazon Appstore with an update on their platform, including new opportunities to be featured on the Appstore and free GameMaker software, followed by Tony Baldwinson from Creative England, giving an update on the GamesLab Leeds initiative that has funded more than a dozen games developers and provided workshops and mentoring.
Tony Baldwinson, Ian Lindsey (middle) and Colin Macdonald.
Then Ian Lindsey from games developer GameDigits gave a sobering but essential view of the tough mobile games market, and how his company manage to keep profitable by working with official licenses such as Storage Hunters UK and Red Dwarf (the new game is out now on iOS & Android!) Finally, Colin Macdonald from digital publisher All 4 Games gave developers tips on getting signed and how to impress investors and publishers when pitching your game.
After Game Republic, it was time for GaMaYo at Shooters bar in Leeds, packed with hundreds of games developers, networking and playing new games including One Man Tank from New Moon Games and Sumo Slammers by BetaJester. Mario Viviani also judged the best mobile games on the night and awarded prizes of a Fire TV and HD10 tablet to Kotori Studios for Fugl and Cave Monsters for their game Zoom Boom. GaMaYo is now the biggest developer event in the North of England, and was a fantastic opportunity for developers to meet platform-holders and network with games companies for possible work-for-hire and other employment opportunities. Our next GameDevDay will be in May 2018 – more news soon…
GameDevDay is back on Thursday 16th November with two major games developer events from games networks Game Republic and GaMaYo (Game Makers Yorkshire) with headline sponsor Amazon Appstore and sponsor Boneloaf.
The Game Republic business event is from 3.30pm – 5.30pm, and features talks by Mario Viviani from Amazon Appstore, sharing the latest and greatest news about the platform including reaching more customers, plus Colin Macdonald from digital publisher All4Games, Ian Lindsey from GameDigits discussing licensed games (including their new Red Dwarf mobile game) and Tony Baldwinson from Creative England, who will give an update on GamesLab Leeds’ funding success since the launch of the scheme at this same event in 2016.
GaMaYo is from 6pm and will feature more than 250 developers from across Yorkshire and the North (the biggest event of its kind in the region) showcasing more than 20 new games. Amazon Appstore will also be giving away a brand new Fire TV and Fire HD10 tablet to the best mobile game on the night.
Game Republic and Game Makers Yorkshire members go free – to find out more about how to be a member, have a look at our membership pages for Game Republic and GaMaYo.
Game Republic has partnered again with the National Science & Media Museum for the Yorkshire Games Festival 2017 from 8-12 November in Bradford.
This is the second year for the festival, which features a schools day, two days of industry talks from world-renowned games developers, a free business of video games workshop and a family weekend of games featuring a Yorkshire Games Showcase and games funded by Creative England’s GamesLab Leeds initiative.
Speakers attending the festival include Martin Korda (writer, Destiny 2), Iki Ikram (VFX, The Last of Us, Uncharted 4), David Wise (music, Donkey Kong Country, Snake Pass), Tracy Spaight (World of Tanks), Louise McLennan (UI design, Elite Dangerous) and Kieran Crimmins and James Svensson (VR, Star Wars Battlefront). There’ll also be a talk from Yorkshire-based games developers Boneloaf about the making of their world-conquering brawler Gang Beasts.
Game Republic will also be hosting a special Speakers Reception and Dinner at the National Science & Media Museum and Omar Khan’s Restaurant on Wednesday 8th November, which will feature guests from the museum, games developer speakers from the festival and Game Republic industry members. For more information on the Yorkshire Games Festival programme and ticket prices, hit the website.
Update: photos from the YGF 2017 below!
Our next Game Republic, supported by Autodesk, event will be a Mobile Games Special at Showroom 5 in Sheffield on Wednesday 18th October, 3pm – 5pm –
and will feature Samsung.
The event features a presentation by Samsung on the latest opportunities on their platforms and hardware, including the stunning new Samsung S8. This is the first time that Game Republic has welcomed Samsung to the region, so we’re really excited that our members will be able to network with this hugely important global mobile and games company, meet the business development and technical teams and showcase games.
We’ll also host a talk by Paul Colls from games company Fierce Kaiju, on making VR games for mobile. The talks are followed by networking and drinks, sponsored by Samsung. GR members go free – to find out more about joining the largest network of games businesses and universities in the North, get in touch.