Join Game Republic!
Game Republic has more than 1000 individual members across the North of England including more than 60 games developers and 14 universities/colleges – and offers more than 10 events and webinars a year including opportunities to meet platform holders, investors, publishers and leading industry figures as well as social and networking events in the Summer and at Christmas. Game Republic brings an enormous amount of benefits to games companies, educational partners and affiliates based in Yorkshire, the North West and North East of England. Membership starts from as little as £100 (+ VAT) for one-person games developers. To apply to join, simply complete the information below and one of the team will get in touch!
What our GR Members say…
“Revolution has gained so much from our membership whether it’s having the opportunity to meet and speak to key industry representatives (one deal led to many millions of pounds of business); learn of new services; share ideas and opportunities with like-minded colleagues; and so much more. Steering a perfect balance between business and social, we are blessed to have such a brilliant organisation to champion, advocate, and support developers in the Yorkshire and the Humber region.” Charles Cecil, Founder of Revolution Software
“Being part of Game republic has been hugely important for our students, and winning the best game design prize at the 2022 student showcase has allowed our students further access to real world industry mentoring and publishing opportunities. In addition, the networking and industry events keep us bang up to date with current trends, making our membership a win win!”
Andy Sandham, Subject Lead Games Design, York St. John University
“Red Kite has been partnered with Game Republic for over 11 years. In the early days, when we were just getting started, Game Republic helped us in more ways than I can remember. Since then, Red Kite has grown into one of Yorkshire’s biggest and most successful games studios, but the support of Game Republic is still as valuable as ever. Jamie works tirelessly to support the Yorkshire games industry and is a true champion having helped it become the powerhouse that it is today.”
Simon Iwaniszak, Studio Director of Red Kite Games
“20 years ago it all started out as a gathering, here we are today, an organisation worth every penny. I’m proud to be supporting Game Republic, it’s more than just another networking event but more so a network of family members from this amazing gaming industry here in the UK” Neil Parmar, Account Director at Escape Technology
Being a member of a successful games network alongside other Yorkshire and Northern England companies including Revolution Software, Distinctive Games, Boneloaf, Team17, Red Kite Games, Rebellion North and Sumo Digital and more gives you the commercial advantage in negotiating contracts, making contacts, marketing and attracting more business and clients.
Game Republic Networking Events
Networking and online events allow companies in the region to meet, share information and resources, outsource to each other and meet major international companies that can help their businesses. Game Republic networking events take place every month in Leeds and Sheffield, and various locations around the region. Previous events have included companies such as Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Samsung, Nintendo, Unity, Oculus, NVIDIA, Microsoft ID@Xbox, Devolver and All 4 Games.
Free Mock Review/Game Evaluation
All signed-up Game Republic members will receive an exclusive FREE game evaluation, in the form of a 200-word mock review and anticipated Metacritic score. Mock reviews help developers and publishers to evaluate their game and know before launch what the likely critical and player response will be – incredibly useful for PR/marketing planning and crucial gameplay improvements. Game Republic is the only games network to offer this as part of the membership benefits and focuses again on our core mission of “more business for our members”.
Special Member Offers
Game Republic offers special discounts on global industry events, including discounts to Game Connection, Develop conferences and other essential events for games companies.
The Livingstone-Hope Skills Review
The Livingstone-Hope skills review produced by NESTA and DCMS recently included a raft of suggestions and recommendations for universities and games businesses to improve the skills base and talent pipeline in the UK. This report is influencing government policy and will be an essential part of any university games course strategy going forward to maintain industry relevance and undergraduate numbers – Game Republic provides access to industry and government to help with this process and will provide the vital link between games businesses and games courses to support the sector.
Access to Funding
Game Republic can provide resources to help businesses to access investors from both public and private organisations, VCs, angels, trusts and games publishers.
Access to New Talent
Game Republic now includes higher education establishments as members to promote a closer collaboration between academia and industry through initiatives such as the Student Showcase. The student showcase provides companies with immediate access face-to-face to the newest graduate talent in the region. In addition the links enable companies to develop work placement opportunities.
Game Republic can provide useful referrals to professional industry training (CPD) from Educational Partner institutions.
Game Republic is an ideal sounding board for game ideas, viability of projects, and game mechanics, with the network available to discuss and help with games ideas and bring them to market. Game Republic has invaluable digital publishing knowledge, experience and contacts throughout the network.
Game Republic website
The Game Republic website will have permanent promotion of games businesses and opportunities for relevant news stories. Game Republic also has a Twitter feed (@gamerepublic) with more than 2900 followers.
Game Republic Logo
Member status in Game Republic allows companies to use the Game Republic logo (subject to approval) in publicity materials.
Help with Recruitment
The network helps “behind the scenes” for free with personal referrals and contacts, and has extensive reach through social media sites such as Linked In, Twitter and Facebook.
Game Republic membership includes access to potential work experience placements from our Educational Partners through events including the Student Showcase. Previous Student Showcase events have resulted in more than 100 placements and full-time posts.
Game Republic News Updates
A status report on the network with useful news, information, business opportunities, links and advertising from useful companies. The newsletter is emailed to all GR members, including games companies, digital companies, universities and individuals involved in the games industry in Yorkshire and Humber, the North West and North East of England.
Game Republic can access and distribute reports from organisations such as the Department for International Trade – for example the recently-commissioned OMIS report on the South Korean games industry.
Links With Other National Organisations
Game Republic has excellent links with national organisations such as DIT (Department for International Trade) which is currently helping games developers with grants and funding towards international events including the Game Developers Conference. Other organisations that Game Republic has a business relationship with include Ukie, NESTA, Screen Yorkshire, the BFI, TIGA and BAFTA.
Game Republic Affiliates
Game Republic partners with other games-related businesses to bring you special offers on PR, marketing, technology, research, consultancy, translation, investment, legal fees and recruitment.
To join or find out more, just complete your details here or in the form above.