GI Academy Live – FREE student careers event, 26-28 October

Industry site GamesIndustry.biz has launched a FREE online event aimed at students, graduates and anyone interested in a career in the games industry – the GI Academy Live – taking place from 26 – 28 October and sponsored by UK developer Creative Assembly.

GI Academy Live features keynote talks from the likes of Brenda Romero (Romero Games) and Mike Bithell (Bithell Games), a series of Masterclasses on different aspects of the industry, live roundtable discussions, 1-1 portfolio reviews and a Discord where students and anyone can ask for advice on various job roles including art/animation, programming, UI/UX design, game design, Quality Assurance, sound/music and community management.

Over the three days of the event, there will also be some very special world-famous industry guests dropping into the Discord chat at 3pm!

The event is free to sign up to and also features many games companies taking part in the sessions, including from our region, Team17. Hit the link for more info.

Game Republic Business Event, 14th October, Ubisoft

The next Game Republic online event will be on Wednesday 14th October at 3pm (BST) with Ubisoft!

Yves Le Yaouanq, Senior Scout and Business Development at Ubisoft, will present on opportunities for indie games developers, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions on any aspect of the company’s publishing business.

This is an event exclusively for Game Republic members – if you would like more information on joining and what the network can do for your business or university/college, get in touch.

Game Republic XR/VR Special Event – Thursday 24th September

The next Game Republic online event will be an XR/VR special on Thursday 24th September.

The event will be a great opportunity to catch up on the latest development and funding info from the virtual world of XR, with talks from XR Stories (University of York) and hugely successful UK game developer nDreams who have just launched their latest title Phantom Covert Ops.

We’ll also be joined by Jed Ashforth from Realised Realities (and ex-PlayStation VR) presenting on the VR/XR market and Emma Cooper from Cooperative Innovations (Leeds-based developers who have just released their new game Spaceteam VR) will take part in the XR panel.

Game Republic members will also be able to ask questions about any aspect of XR development and find out the latest on new VR and AR hardware. If you would like to know more about joining Game Republic and accessing all our events and webinars, get in touch.

UPDATE: You can watch the whole online event below!

Games Funding Special – Tuesday 1st September

Game Republic will host a games funding special webinar on Tuesday 1st September with two major funders of games developers.

The event will feature presentations and Q&As from UK Games Fund and Creative England; UK Games Fund will give an update on its funding for games developers of all sizes and experience, including the student-focused Tranzfuser scheme, while Creative England will outline the various initiatives it has for games companies for funding, mentoring and scaling-up.

STOP PRESS! The Department for International Trade will also give us an update on their funding for attending international events (real and virtual).

Game Republic members can access all our events and webinars for free – if you need more info on joining, get in touch.

DIT announces Gamescom/Devcom Funding for Yorkshire and Northern England Games Companies

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!