Game Republic at the Guildhall in York, Thursday 20th October

Game Republic’s next event will be at the beautiful restored Guildhall in York on Thursday 20th October, 4pm – 7pm, kindly sponsored by Barclays!

The event focuses on VR/AR/MR (as well as other games business areas) so we’ll be hearing from XR Stories, who are pioneering in storytelling in this area.

There’ll also be talks from Presentations include Josh Naylor (Gaming Partnerships & Developer Relations at HTC Vive) on opportunities on the Vive VR platform, Simon Benson (ex-PlayStation VR) discussing the current state-of-play in XR – and other major industry guests will be attending.

After the talks starting at 4.30pm, there will be drinks and networking. If you would like to attend this event, and all our Game Republic activity, get in touch about membership or sponsorship.

Edit: Photos from the event below!

Game Republic welcomes Twitch to Sheffield on 28th September

The next Game Republic business networking event is on Wednesday 28th September at Showroom 5 in Sheffield with a very special guest – Twitch!

Mitsuo Hirakawa from Twitch will present about the platform and show how game developers can get the most from its passionate community of games video streamers and viewers.

We’ll also hear from Steve McCaig from Fragomen LLP with some top tips on recruiting outside of the UK – which of course now includes the EU as well – with topics including visas and reducing costs for your business.

After the presentations, there will be drinks and networking in the Showroom bar – the event is kindly sponsored by Sheffield-based game developer Boneloaf.

GR members attend for free – if you’d like to know more about the network and how it can help your business, get in touch.

Update – now with photos from the event!

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!