Game Republic welcomes games legend Philip Oliver to York

Game Republic’s next business event is on Thursday 18th April at York St John University, featuring games industry legend Philip Oliver (creator of the classic Dizzy games and co-founder of Blitz Games with his brother Andrew Oliver).

Philip (pictured here on the right) will be discussing his 30+ year career in the games industry, plus provide some useful advice for games developers through the new consultancy Game Dragons.

We’ll also hear from Noirin Carmody, co-founder of Revolution and Ukie board member about the current games industry and Damian Murphy from the University of York about the XR Stories project with games funding for developers.

Refreshments will be provided and there will also be drinks and networking afterwards. Game Republic members go free! Big thanks to York St John University for partnering with us on this event. More info on the event and how to sign up is here.

Game Republic GameDev Knowledge Share – 7th March, Leeds

Game Republic’s next business event is a special one on Thursday 7th March in Leeds – GameDev Knowledge Share! This event focuses on our network’s games developers and companies passing on essential knowledge and information to help other developers and our educational partners.

We have confirmed talks by Troy Horton, Developer Relations Manager at Team17 discussing top tips and some of the pitfalls to avoid when publishing/selling games in an increasingly congested marketplace, Andrew Crawshaw from Thunkd presenting some great best practice for games design, Arden Aspinall from Rebellion North (previously Tick Tock Games) on some insights into the process of company acquisition, plus Neil Parmar, Account Director at Escape Technology on their latest services.

We’ll also have talks/chats on other aspects of running a business including VC investment red/green flags and special guests to be announced soon! The event is taking place at a new accelerator/business hub called AvenueHQ, five minutes from the train station.

The event is free for Game Republic members – if you would like more info on membership, just get in touch.

Game Republic GR/VR event – 23rd January 2019, Sheffield

Game Republic’s augmented/virtual reality event GR/VR returns on Wednesday 23rd January at Sheffield Hallam University.

The event includes special talks and discussions from the cutting edge of VR/AR/XR development, including Richard England (Reflex Arc) on the development of the Jurassic World VR Experience for Universal, Sally Blake (Hammerhead – pictured here) on the current VR market, Andy Curtis from Immerse UK with info on funding, plus Jed Ashforth, ex-Sony PlayStation VR and founder of Realised Realities on immersive storytelling. We’ll also enjoy a VR games/experiences showcase from Sheffield Hallam University.

There will also be a VR games/experiences showcase from Sheffield Hallam University. The event will conclude with drinks and networking – GR members go free!

UPDATE: Now with photos from the event!

Game Republic & GaMaYo events – 22nd November, Leeds

GameDevDay is back! Thursday 22nd November will feature both Game Republic and GaMaYo events in Leeds, with more than 300 developers attending both events, which are kindly sponsored by Fourth Floor Creative, Samsung and Sheridans.

Game Republic in the afternoon will feature feature talks from John Vega, Commercial Manager at PlayStation on the platform holder’s Developer Relations team, where he looks after many accounts and works with developers to self-publish on the platform.

We’ll also hear from Colin Macdonald from All 4 Games with some essential industry tips for developers, Rich Keith from Fourth Floor Creative and Mark “Turps” Turpin from Yogscast discussing the latest marketing opportunities with YouTube/Twitch and their new games publishing initiative, and a unique fireside chat between Laura Harper, Partner and Head of Creative Industries and Digital at Shoosmiths and Viktorya Hollings, the former Head of Studio at PopCap Dublin (now director at Boomdash Digital Ltd), about the creation of the casual game classics Peggle, Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies. Finally, we will have a presentation on the latest opportunities with Samsung mobile from Richard Huddy, Head of Games Ecosystem at Samsung R&D.

After 6pm, GaMaYo will kick off with drinks, networking with 300+ industry people and more than 20 new games from games developers across the North of England.

Update! Photos of the events below.

Green Man Gaming confirmed for Game Republic 17th October event

Online games retailer and games publisher Green Man Gaming have been confirmed for the next Game Republic business event on 17th October in Leeds. This is the first time Green Man Gaming has attended a Game Republic event and Developer Relations Manager Jonny Merritt will be meeting games companies and other members to discuss their online platform and new publishing initiative (see photo below).

The event will also feature a talk from Andy Curtis from KTN/Innovate UK about the next round of funding for games/digital companies, including a new £8m call for business-led R&D projects for “immersive content”. We’ll also hear from Laura Harper from our newest affiliate member Shoosmiths on the SEIS/EIS scheme and how it can mean more investment for games companies. Afterwards we’ll enjoy drinks and networking.

Update: Presentations from KTN and Shoosmiths are now up on the Game Republic SlideShare.