Game Republic welcomes Square Enix to Leeds

The next Game Republic event, kindly sponsored by Escape Technology, will be on Wednesday 30th October in Leeds, 4pm-6pm and will feature a special presentation from Square Enix Collective.

Teressa Wright, Producer at Square Enix Collective, will present useful publishing and funding advice for games companies, after their publishing and investment in titles such as Tokyo Dark and Battalion 1944.

The event will also feature games writer Chris Bateman (Discworld Noir), with “A Short Narrative Design Survival guide” plus Stefano Petrullo, Renaissance PR with a talk on the current games promotion landscape. We’ll also hear from our newest member, developer Radical Forge, about their journey in games development so far.

Afterwards there will be drinks and networking. Thanks again to our generous sponsor Escape Technology and to Bruntwood for the meeting room at Platform Leeds.

Find out more about the event here – GR members attend for free. If you’re interested in finding out more about the network and how it could benefit your games business or university/college, please get in touch.

Update: Photo below! Plus there is a new presentation on “Pitching Tips” by Square Enix Collective on our SlideShare.

Game Republic event in Sheffield, 19th September

The next Game Republic event will be on Thursday 19th September at the Kollider start-up business venue in Sheffield, powered by Barclays Eagle Lab.

The event, focusing on various aspects of the games business for developers, features a talk from Hannah Flynn, Communications Director at Failbetter Games (creators of the excellent Sunless Skies) on “What We Did To Chart On Steam” – a superb and very useful guide to promoting your game to your community and the Steam platform.

The event will also feature a short presentation from Invest Sheffield, with useful advice for developers in the city wanting business help, funding and advice – plus other special guests TBC.

Afterwards there will be networking and drinks in Kollider, kindly provided by Barclays Eagle Labs, followed by the Sumo Digital Riverside Games Night at Bungalows and Bears pub from 6.30pm. If you are interested in joining the network to attend this event, please get in touch.

Game Republic Summer Arcade Party 2019!

The next Game Republic event is our special Summer Arcade Party 2019 on Wednesday 24thJuly, 6.30pm – 10.30pm, at the fantastic brand new Arcade Club in Leeds!

Thanks to our brilliant Headline Sponsor Escape Technology and sponsor Red Kite Games for making this happen.

Arcade Club in Kirkstall, Leeds, is three floors of incredible arcade games, classic PC/console games and pinball – and Game Republic has the entire venue to ourselves for the evening just for members. There will be a drink, pizza and four hours of amazing arcade games to play for free, while networking with our friendly group of Yorkshire and Northern game devs, universities/colleges and affiliates..

Edit – now featuring photos from this fantastic evening!

Game Republic Student Showcase 2019 – Monday 3rd June, University of Hull

The Game Republic Student Showcase 2019 returns on Monday 3rd June at the University of Hull!

This is a yearly competition for final-year and post-graduate students at the 13 Game Republic Educational Partner institutions including the University of York, Sheffield Hallam University and Wakefield College, and over the past decade has helped find placements and full-time jobs for over 100 students and graduates.

This event, for the first time taking place at the University of Hull, is set to be the biggest yet, with 13 Educational Partners of Game Republic taking part and the addition of a new award – Game Audio. The full list of awards being judged on the day are: The Revolution Software Award for Game Art & Animation, The Red Kite Games for Game Technology, The Sumo Digital Award for Game Design, The Rebellion North Award for Game Audio and a special award for Best Team. Thanks to our fantastic games companies for sponsoring these awards.

The designer of this year’s brilliant Student Showcase mascot (pictured above) is University of Hull art student Natalia Jaszkowska.

Game Republic members can attend the event from 3pm to view the student projects, with the evening event from 6.15pm featuring a prizegiving, games industry panel and networking drinks from 7.15pm

If you’re interested in finding out more about the network and how it could benefit your business or university/college, just email us.

Thanks to the University of Hull for partnering with Game Republic on the Student Showcase 2019!

UPDATE – a full report with photos is now available here.

Get Into Gaming, Saturday 11th May, Leeds

Game Republic and Cooperative Innovations are bringing a Get Into Gaming event to the Leeds International Festival on Saturday 11th May at The Tetley in Leeds.

If you’re interested in getting into the games industry yourself then be sure to come along to this L19 event whatever your age – whether you’re in primary or secondary school, university or in a completely different career.

Hear from experienced industry experts about some of the jobs that are available in the industry and what they involve on a day-to-day basis. Alysia Judge, Freelance Video Producer and Presenter will talk about “Getting into the Games Media”, Chloe Crookes, Senior QA Analyst at Team17 will discuss “QA Testing in the Games Industry” while Zi Peters, Level Designer at Sumo Digital will present on “How to Become A Level Designer” – plus there’ll be other talks and a panel where you can ask questions.

You’ll also be able to join in friendly workshops on how to make various kinds of games, including “How to Make Games Games With Paper” by Stuart Lilford from Scared Square Games/University of Hull, as well as try out an incredible new VR experience and play some fantastic new games made by developers based in Yorkshire and across the UK.

Whether it’s programming, game design, art and animation, sound and music, being a YouTuber or professional gamer, Get Into Gaming will have something for you to discover about a career in the games industry.

UPDATE! Now with photos from the event below.