Game Republic Student Showcase Online returns 26th May

The Game Republic Student Showcase Online returns again this year on Wednesday 26th May, with a special award show at 4pm.

The Game Republic Student Showcase has been running for more than a decade and is a competition for final-year and post-graduate students at our Educational Partner universities and colleges, who can submit their projects and games for five awards judged by our fantastic games company sponsors. The event is also kindly sponsored by Barclays.

This year’s awards include the Sumo Digital Award for Game Design, the Revolution Software Award for Game Audio, the Rebellion North Award for Game Art and Animation, and the Red Kite Games Award for Game Technology.

Game Republic will then host a special Student Showcase Award Show at 4pm on Wednesday 26th May where the games companies will announce live the winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category. More than 100 previous Showcase participants have enjoyed placements and full-time jobs after the event at companies including Sumo Digital and Rockstar Leeds.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners have been announced here!

Here’s a video with highlights of some of the 47 entries – making it our biggest Showcase yet!

New publisher Secret Mode to attend Game Republic event 13th May

New games publisher Secret Mode, part of the Sumo Group, will attend and speak at the next Game Republic online business event on Thursday 13th May at 4pm.

Secret Mode is headed up by Director of Publishing, James Schall (ex-SEGA) with the company looking for “smaller gems – smart, creative games” to bring to market.

The event for GR members will also feature our latest member, Manchester-based media company By Gamers For Gamers (BGFG), who will talk about their current sites and how game developers can collaborate to promote their games and companies. We’ll also hear from GG Insurance who will discuss the top 5 essential things games developers need to cover in their company insurance.

If you would like to know more about Game Republic and how we can help your games company, university/college or affiliated company, get in touch.

Microsoft Xbox to attend Game Republic event on 29th April

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.

Game Republic Student Showcase winners bag three BAFTAs!

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!

Game Republic event, 25th March – $2m VR Funding, Games Business Management and IP Protection

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.