Events Archive

Game Republic Events Archive

Thurs 26th Jan 2023, Sheffield
Games PR Special featuring Devolver and Renaissance PR
4pm – 7pm
Game Republic business event at the Showroom in Sheffield, followed by networking

Stephen Arthur, Mastered speaking into a microphone by a presentation slide

Stephen Arthur, Mastered








Wed 14th December 2022, Leeds
7.30pm – 11pm
Game Republic Christmas Quiz & Party – very special treat for all GR members this year. Details to be revealed soon!
Sponsored by XR Games, Barclays and Red Kite Games






Thurs 24th November, Leeds
GameDevDay – two developer events, with Game Republic from 4pm – 6pm, then the GaMaYo evening networking event from 6pm – 10.30pm
Sponsored by Barclays, Escape Technology, Flix Interactive, Radical Forge, Hiro Capital, Creative Growth Finance and AWS







Thurs 20th October, York
4pm – 7.30pm
Game Republic event at the newly restored Guildhall in York with XR Stories – an AR/VR/XR special







Wed 28th September, Sheffield
4pm – 7pm
Game Republic business event at the Showroom in Sheffield, followed by networking sponsored by Boneloaf







Wednesday 20th July, Leeds
Game Republic Summer Arcade Party 2022
The return of our games-playing party at the fantastic Leeds Arcade Club!
6pm – 10.30pm – includes pizza and drinks







Tuesday 7th June, York
Game Republic Student Showcase 2022
A competition for final-year students from our Educational Partners to win one of 5 awards including Game Art, Game Design and Best Team!
Kindly sponsored by Rebellion North, Distinctive Games, Sumo Digital, Red Kite Games, Barclays and Revolution Software







Wednesday 25th May 2022
Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds from 6pm
We’re back after two years! The best industry networking with more than 200 Northern people in a friendly, inclusive space, with new games demos from developers across Yorkshire and the North.
Lead sponsor: Red Kite Games
Also sponsored by Escape Technology and Rebellion North







Wednesday 27th April, Leeds
Game Republic business event at Barclays Eagle Lab from 4pm – 7pm
Features guests Curve Games, XR Games and Emma Cowling.

Tuesday 29th March, Sheffield
Game Republic Business Event
Live at the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield from 4pm!

Thursday 24th February 2022
Game Republic event in association with Gameopolis
HOST Salford, 4pm – 8pm
Featuring speakers Radical Forge and Huey Games
Sponsored by Escape Technology







Thursday 17th February 2022, Bradford
Game Republic Speakers Reception & Dinner at the Yorkshire Games Festival 2022
Sponsored by Barclays and Escape Technology







Wednesday 26th January 2022, Leeds
Belgrave Music Hall, 6pm – 10.30pm
Game Republic (delayed) Christmas Quiz and Party!
Includes quiz, pizza and drinks!
Lead Sponsor Red Kite Games
Also sponsored by Escape Technology







Thursday 18th November 2021, Leeds
Game Republic Business Event
Sponsored by Yogscast Games
Belgrave Music Hall, 5pm – 8pm
Games business event featuring talks from Irwin Mitchell solicitors on publishing contracts and Yogscast! Networking with drinks and pizza afterwards.






Wednesday 20th October 2021 – Online
Game Republic – PR/Journalism Online Special
4pm – 4.45pm
Featuring speakers including the Editor-in-Chief of VGC, Andy Robinson, plus Founder of Renaissance PR for games, Stefano Petrullo and Ella Romanos and Victoria Powell from the exciting new Indielab Games Accelerator for West Yorkshire!
Watch here

Wednesday 22nd September 2021
3.30pm – 6.30pm
National Videogame Museum, Sheffield
Sponsored by Escape Technology and Barclays
Game Republic’s first physical event for 18 months! Featuring guest speakers from Merge Games, Barclays, Sumo Digital and HOST Salford, and the opportunity to play some amazing retro and modern games at the NVM! Followed by drinks and networking.








Wednesday 28th July 2021
5pm – 8pm
Water Lane Boathouse pub, Leeds
Sponsored by Red Kite Games
We’re back! Our first physical event for 16 months – an informal get-together outdoors with drinks, and we’ll also post an online event with presentations on the same day with Team17 and Red Kite Games.






Thursday 24th June 2021
4pm – 4.45pm
Game Republic online event with Humble Bundle! Featuring a chat and Q&A with John Polson from Humble (screenshot below) about their various publishing opportunities for developers, as well as the BFI and DIT.






Thursday 10th June 2021
4pm – 4.45pm
Game Republic online event with!
Special event featuring a presentation and Q&A with one of the biggest PC games platforms on the planet – GR members attend for free!

Wednesday 26th May 2021
4pm – 4.45pm
Game Republic Student Showcase 2021 – Award Show!
Kindly sponsored and judged by Red Kite Games, Sumo Digital, Rockstar Leeds, Revolution and Rebellion North.
Also sponsored by Barclays

Thursday 13th May 2021
4pm – 4.45pm
Game Republic business event featuring new publisher Secret Mode, plus new Northern games media company BGFG and games insurers GG Insurance

Thursday 29th April 2021
4pm – 4.45pm
Platform-holder Microsoft Xbox with a presentation and Q&A just for GR members!

Thursday 25th March 2021
4pm – 4.45pm
Games Business Special featuring Steve Tagger (nDreams), Aaron Trebble (DLA Piper) and Ron Ashtiani (Consultant, ex-Atomhawk).

Thursday 11th March 2021
5pm – 5.45pm
Presentation and Q&A with global games investor Makers Fund

Thursday 18th February 2021
4pm – 4.45pm
Funding Special – with Ella Romanos from Fundamentally Games discussing different types of games funding and investment available, plus Deborah Farley from UK Games Fund ‘s Tranzfuser scheme

Thursday 21st January 2021
4pm – 4.45pm
LEGO Ventures – with Senior Associate Parin Shah discussing “digital play” funding

Thursday 17th December 2020
iOS event and Christmas Quiz!

Thursday 26th November
Game Republic online business event with Devolver Digital – 4pm
Game Republic/GaMaYo Retro Games Special! 6pm – 8pm
Plus Retro Games celebration with prize draw

Thursday 17th December
The return of the Game Republic Christmas Quiz ™!

Wednesday 14th October
Games Business Event
With Yves Le Yaouanq, Senior Scout and Business Development at Ubisoft

Thursday 24th September
3pm – 4pm
VR/XR special
With talks from XR Stories, nDreams, Realised Realities – and a panel featuring Cooperative Innovations

Tuesday 1st September
Games Funding Special
Featuring UK Games Fund and Creative England

Thursday 30th July
Valve Event
Live Q&A on how games companies can get the best out of Valve’s Steam digital store

Wednesday 22nd July
7pm – 8pm
Game Republic Summer Party Online!
Sponsored by Escape Technology
Every ticket includes 3 free Namco games – Pac-Man, Dig Dug and Galaga.




Tuesday 14th July
Games Jobs Live: Game Republic
4pm – 6pm
Sponsored by Red Kite Games and Sumo Digital
FREE games recruitment event for anyone interested in a job in the Yorkshire and Northern England games industry

Wednesday 8th July
Working with Influencers
Rich Keith, CEO of Fourth Floor Creative will present about the current YouTube/Twoitch etc environment and how games companies can successfully work with influencers online to sell their games.







Thursday 25th June
Game Republic Studio Special with Team17!
Special live event in association with Team17 – included talks on game development and publishing.







Thursday 11th June
Game Republic – Running a Games Business webinar






Special business webinar panel with Viktorya Hollings (Boomdash Digital and ex-PopCap), Caspar Field (ex-Wish Studios, now Talk Management), David Clark (Green Man Gaming, Cuba Entertainment) and more – plus a talk from Anna Mansi (BFI).
Sponsored by Barclays

Tuesday 26th May
Game Republic Student Showcase 2020 Awards Show
Online edition! Kindly sponsored by Rebellion North, Sumo, Revolution, Red Kite Games and Barclays!

Thursday 7th May 2020
Game Republic GameDevDay Online – includes webinar with ID@Xbox
Plus! GR/GaMaYo online Slack from 6pm to share games and chat with ID@Xbox, The Irregular Corporation and more

Thursday 16th April 2020
Game Republic online webinar with Kowloon Nights







Thursday 2nd April 2020
Game Republic online webinar with Arran Langmead from Epic Games

Wednesday 5th February 2020
Game Republic Reception and Dinner
at the Yorkshire Games Festival 2020
National Science & Media Museum Bradford and Omar Kan’s Restaurant
Sponsored by Barclays







Thursday 23rd January 2020
National Videogame Museum, Sheffield
Games Business event, with XR Games, Sumo Digital, UK Games Fund & more








Wednesday 11th December 2019

Leeds Adelphi Hotel (upstairs)
Game Republic Christmas Party & Quiz!
The LEGENDARY Christmas Quiz returns…
Sponsored by Red Kite Games







Wednesday 27th November 2019
Leeds – AvenueHQ & Belgrave Music Hall (upstairs)
Sponsored by Kwalee, nDreams, PitStop Productions and Coatsink
Featuring both Game Republic and GaMaYo events.







Wednesday 30th October 2019
Venue: Platform Leeds, 4pm – 6pm
Sponsored by Escape Technology!
Game Republic business development event featuring Teressa Wright, Producer at Square Enix Collective with useful publishing and funding advice, 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.







Thursday 19th September 2019
Venue: Sheffield Kollider powered by Barclays
Game Republic business event featuring Failbetter Games, PitStop Productions.
Includes entry to Sumo Digital’s Riverside Games Night!





Wednesday 24th July
Venue – Leeds Arcade Club
Game Republic Summer Arcade Party 2019!
Headline Sponsor: Escape Technology
Sponsor: Red Kite Games
GR members go free!







Monday 3rd June
University of Hull
Game Republic Student Showcase 2019!
Kindly sponsored by Sumo Digital, Revolution Software, Rebellion North and Red Kite Games







Thursday 9th May
Game Republic/GaMaYo GameDevDay 6
Featuring both Game Republic and GaMaYo events!
Kindly sponsored by ChilliConnect, Escape Technology and Rebellion







Thursday 18th April
Game Republic featuring Philip Oliver (GameDragons), Damian Murphy (XR Stories) and Noirin Carmody (Revolution – pictured here)
Venue – York St John University







Thursday 7th March
GameDev Knowledge Share Special!
Venue – Avenue HQ Leeds







Wednesday 6th February
Game Republic Speakers Reception & Dinner
Yorkshire Games Festival
Sponsored by Red Kite Games












Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Sheffield featuring DocFest, Realised Realities, Reflex Arc, ImmerseUK and Hammerhead VR








Tuesday 11th December
Game Republic Christmas Party & Quiz
Sponsored by Red Kite Games







Thursday 22nd November
Game Republic & GaMaYo events
Kindly sponsored by Fourth Floor Creative, Samsung and Sheridans







Wednesday 17th October
GameMakers @ Platform, Leeds
Green Man Gaming, KTN and Shoosmiths







Thursday 27th September 2018
Sheffield Kollider
Featuring Identity Spark, PlayWerks, Shoosmiths and ADV
Followed by the Sumo Digital Riverside Games Night







Wednesday 18th July 2018
Game Republic Summer Party
Sponsored by Insight Studios Ltd







Thursday 7th June 2018
Game Republic Student Showcase 2018
Leeds Beckett University
Sponsored by Red Kite Games, Sumo Digital and Revolution Software







Thursday 3rd May 2018
Game Republic & GaMaYo
Partnered with the Leeds International Festival
Also sponsored by Unity, PlayIgnite and Eaton Smith







Wednesday 4th April
York St John University
Business of Games event featuring Renaissance PR & Revolution Software







Wednesday 21st February
iOS Special- featuring Travis Ryan from Dumpling Design discussing Smash Tanks! and ARKit
iOS event






Wednesday 24th January 2018
Sheffield Hallam University
Cutting-edge VR/MR/AR talks from SIE PlayStation developer relations, VISR VR, Realised Realities, Creative Europe and Cooperative Innovations plus playable demos, drinks and networking.






Wednesday 13th December
Game Republic Christmas Party & Quiz
Featuring food, drinks and the Christmas Quiz (won by Red Kite Games) – plus a prize draw that raised £175 for Save the Children






Thursday 16th November
Game Republic and GaMaYo events, Leeds
Headline Sponsor Amazon Appstore. Also sponsored by Boneloaf







Wednesday 8th November
Game Republic Speakers Dinner
Yorkshire Games Festival, Bradford
Sponsored by Red Kite Games






Wed 18th October
Mobile Games Special
Sponsored by Samsung
Showroom, Sheffield







Thursday 14th September
Game Changers Lunch
IGGI Conference, University of York
Sponsored by Spirit AI and featuring Sony XDev & Ukie






Wed 5th July 2017
Game Republic Summer Arcade Party
Sponsored by Escape Technology, Autodesk, Revolution Software and Insight Studios.

GR Summer Party photo







Thursday 8th June
Game Republic Student Showcase 2017

University of Leeds
Kindly sponsored by Sumo Digital, Revolution and Red Kite Games. Also featuring a talk by Microsoft HoloLens.

Gaming Conference at Uni. of Leeds. 8th June 2017. © Victor De Jesus

Gaming Conference at Uni. of Leeds.
8th June 2017.
© Victor De Jesus









Thursday 27th April 2017
Headline sponsor, Amazon Appstore and supported by Autodesk and Escape Technology with sponsor Leeds International Festival
Game Republic event featuring PlayStation VR, Amazon Appstore, Yogscast and more. Followed in the evening by GaMaYo #12, with more than 250 developers attending, 20+ games on-show and a competition from Amazon Appstore.

Game Republic 1 GaMaYo 7













Thursday 23rd March 2017

Storytelling in Games 
Leeds, Game Makers Space
Featured Richard Cobbett (writer, Sunless Sea), Steve Ince (writer, Broken Sword) and Andy Campbell (Dreaming Methods) and John Dennis (Insight Studios) discussing games writing and story development. The event also featured Mario Viviani from Amazon Appstore

GR Storytelling Panel copy







Thursday 16th February 2017

University of York, DC Labs
2.30pm – 5.30pm
Selling Your Game
PR & Marketing for small games developers
Featured Stefano Petrullo, Renaissance PR
York and Ago Simonetta, ID@Xbox. Plus the Department for International Trade

GR Selling Your Game event York 16th Feb 2017 copy







Wednesday 25th January 2017
2.30pm – 5.30pm
Featuring talks from Atomhawk, Dubit Ltd, Sigtrap and DC Labs. Sponsored by DC Labs and in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University








Wednesday 7th December
Game Republic Christmas Quiz Party!
Hosted at the Adelphi Hotel, Leeds – 6pm – 11pm
Game Republic is supported by Autodesk and Escape Technology. The event was sponsored by Insight Studios Ltd.








Thursday 24th November 2016
Game Republic, supported by Autodesk and Escape Technology presented #GameDevDay at FutureLabs Leeds. Headline Sponsored by Creative England GamesLab Leeds, who announced their new funding and business support initiative – with sponsors Escape Technology and HP, Merge Games and the University of Leeds.

Followed by GaMaYo #11 at Shooters, Leeds – Headline Sponsored by Creative England GamesLab Leeds – with sponsors Escape Technology and HP, Merge Games and the University of Leeds.








9th November – 13th November 2016
Yorkshire Games Festival at the National Media Museum
Includes talks by John Romero (Doom), Brenda Romero (Wizardry), Charles Cecil (Revolution) and Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and a Yorkshire Games Showcase featuring Sumo Digital, Team17, Kotori Studios, Red Kite Games, Dumpling Design, Sigtrap and more.












Thursday 10th November 6.30pm – 10pm
Exclusive Game Republic Speakers Dinner
Sponsored by Red Kite Games, Escape Technology and HP
Special exclusive members event in partnership with the National Media Museum and the Yorkshire Games Festival in Bradford, and featured special guests and speakers from the festival including John Romero and Brenda Romero.












Wednesday 19th October
Mobile Games Design
featuring a talk by Simon Iwaniszak, MD, Red Kite Games on “Developing Profitable Premium Mobile Games” and Nigel Little, MD, Distinctive Games on “Success with Free-to-Play Games” – plus a Q&A.
Announcement of Game Republic’s official support from Autodesk.












Monday 12th September 2016

Game Changers Lunch in York with Sony

Game Republic Game Changers lunchtime event was sponsored by Garbutt+Elliott and featured a talk by Sony Producer Strategic Content about Playstation opportunities and 3volution on IP. The event included over 60 attendees from 40+ developers who also joined the NEMOG conference for talks about game analytics, data and business models.









Tuesday 28th June, 2016

Game Republic Summer Arcade Party partnered with Microsoft and sponsored by Insight Studios Ltd, Escape Technology and Autodesk. Also featuring talks by Garbutt & Elliott and Flix Interactive.

Arcade party 1












Thursday 2nd June 2016, Sheffield

The Game Republic Student Showcase 2016 featuring BBC Worldwide and sponsored by Sumo Digital, Revolution, Dubit Ltd and Insight Studios Ltd. Full Report here.

Rockstar Leeds










Wednesday 18th May, Leeds

Amazon Appstore

Thursday 21st April, Leeds (Included GaMaYo event)

Yogscast and Keymailer. Plus Authentic Media about games funding opportunities.












Thursday 3rd March 2016, Leeds

In association with Ukie. Special “Growing Your Games Business” event featuring IBM Softlayer, Sheridans, Eaton Smith, Sumo and Red Kite Games.

Tuesday 17th February 2016, York

Devolver Digital

Wednesday 20th January 2016, Sheffield

Games funding special, with the UK Games Fund, Creative England and Creative Europe.

Tuesday 15th December 2015, Leeds

4pm – 6pm – iOS special

6pm – 11pm – Game Republic Christmas Party! 6pm until late
Kindly sponsored by Autodesk and Testology.

Wednesday 30th September in Leeds

Autodesk & Simplygon

Tuesday 20th October in Sheffield – sponsored by Testology

All 4 Games

Tuesday 28th July, Leeds College of Art

Ella Romanos, Tenshi Grants and Griff Parry, GameSparks

Wednesday 1st July, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

Stefano Petrullo, ex-Senior PR Manager at Ubisoft and Richard Rose, KPMG

Tuesday 2nd June, University of York

Game Republic Student Showcase 2015 – report here.

Tuesday 12th May, Huddersfield

Google UK videoconference

Thursday 30th April, Leeds

Agostino Simonetta, Charlie Skilbeck and the Microsoft ID@Xbox team

Wednesday 25th March, Sheffield

Spencer Low, Producer, Strategic Content at SCEE

Tuesday 27th January 2015, Sheffield

Ste Curran (Agency For Games) and John Sanderson (Pit Stop Productions).

Tuesday 9th December 2014, Leeds

The Game Republic Christmas Party! Kindly sponsored by AMD, 1001 Ways To Die and Insight For Hire.
Featured Kevin Strange from AMD, our Christmas Quiz, drinks, and food!

Thursday 27th November 2014, Sheffield

In partnership with Autodesk and Jigsaw
Featured Phil Scott from NVIDIA and Graham Bell from Autodesk – plus Jigsaw.

Thursday 13th November, Leeds

Featured Ed Valiente and Takashi Ebiike from Nintendo.

Wednesday 5th November, Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University

Featured a talk from Francesca Walker, Creative Europe.

Wednesday 8th October, Leeds
Leeds College of Art

In partnership with Autodesk and Bluegfx.
Featured a talk from Autodesk and also a session from Joe Robins, Unity 3D and Come Tremeau, Pollen VC.

Tuesday 26th August, Leeds

Event in association with Ukie – Games Tax Relief

Thursday 26th June 2014, Leeds

iOS8 event

Tuesday 3rd June 2014, Huddersfield

Game Republic Student Showcase 2014 featuring Oculus VR and NVIDIA. Kindly sponsored by Rockstar Leeds, Sumo Digital, Just Add Water and Four Door Lemon.

Thursday 22nd May 2014, Leeds

GR event with Rich Keith, Yogscast.

Thursday 24th April 2014, Leeds

GR networking event with Microsoft’s Lee Stott.

Wednesday 2nd April 2014, Sheffield

GR event with Matt Hatherly, Developer Relations, Amazon UK

Thursday 27th February 2014, Huddersfield

Game Republic/Ukie PR/Marketing event

Tuesday 28th January 2014, Sheffield

Koch Media/Deep Silver and the Technology Strategy Board (IC Tomorrow)


Tuesday 10th December 2013, Leeds

Game Republic Christmas Party – featuring Square-Enix and sponsored by GameSparks

Thursday 7th November 2013, Leeds

SCEE – special PlayStation 4 and PS Vita presentation
Agostino Simonetta, Kish Hirani, Patrick Connor, Ian Pickles

Thursday 17th October, Leeds

Game Republic 10th Birthday Party

Wednesday 3rd October 2013, Sheffield

Andy Payne, Havok

Kevin Booth, Autodesk

Thursday 12th September 2013, Leeds

Games funding special

Tuesday 23rd July 2013, Sheffield


Wednesday 1st May 2013, Leeds

Pete Smith from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe XDev based in Liverpool presented upcoming opportunities on Sony platforms and an invaluable presentation on how to pitch your game to publishers – what to do to get your game across successfully and what to avoid!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, Sheffield

Charles Cecil, Revolution Software, on the company’s recent Broken Sword Kickstarter campaign

Robin Cramp, BBC Connected Studio, with new opportunities for apps and game development at the BBC

Tuesday 12th February 2013, Leeds

Intel and Standfast Interactive

Thursday 24th January 2013, Sheffield

Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Phone


Wednesday 12th December 2012, Leeds

Game Republic Christmas Party
Sponsored by Ubisoft Reflections

Featuring the Game Republic Christmas Quiz – with prizes!

Special Event: Wednesday 5th December 2012, Newcastle
Game Republic/Eurogamer GameHorizon Conference launch

Live Theatre, Quayside, Newcastle – 6pm-9pm
Included a panel – “Marketing Your Game” with Charles Cecil (Revolution), Simon Byron (Premier PR), Kirsten Kearney (Thumbstar) and Matt Martin (Games Industry International)

Monday 19th November, 2012, Leeds

iOS event, Leeds

Thursday 25th October, 2012, Leeds
Sponsored by HowarthLynch

Howarth Lynch delivered a session on R&D tax credits
Glen Robinson, Amazon Web Services UK, discussed the company’s web services and the Amazon Appstore for Android.
Ignacio Gomez also joined us from Amazon UK

Thursday 6th September 2012, Leeds

GameDev night with TIGA

Featuring Volker Hirsch, BlackBerry

Thursday 26th July 2012, Leeds
Sponsored by Localsoft

Philip Morris, International Sales, Localsoft
Fred Hasson, CEO, Games Capital

Wednesday 4th July 2012, Sheffield

Colin Macdonald, Commissioning Editor for Games, Channel 4

Sheffield Workstation

29th May 2012, Bradford
Game Republic Student Showcase 2012

Featuring Andy Brammall, Unity
University of Bradford

9th April 2012

Apple iOS
NTi, Leeds

30th March 2012

Screen Yorkshire Content Fund
Electric Works, Sheffield

27th February
St John’s University, York
26th January 2012

Microsoft Windows Phone event
Leeds NTi

1st December 2011

SCEE PlayStation event
Sheffield Hallam University

11th November 2011

OnLive event
Round Foundry, Leeds

27th October 2011

Networking event – Round Foundry, Leeds

25th August

Networking event – Sheffield
BBC Fiction Factory & Steel Minions (Sheffield Hallam)

27th July

Networking event – Leeds Mint

21st June 2011

Thanks to everyone who attended our Game Republic members-only event on Tuesday 21st June 2011, Showroom 5, Sheffield – “Meet Unity Technologies”.

The event featured:

Andy Brammall (Unity Technologies) talked about opportunities for developers using the Unity engine.

20th April 2011

Thanks to everyone who attended our Game Republic members-only event – 20th April 2011, Sheffield – “App Store Masterclass” kindly sponsored by Sumo Digital.

The event featured:

Nigel Little (Distinctive Games) talking about his company’s experiences of going “freemium” with their title Football Kicks – which went to number one in the UK iOS App Store in February.
Charles Cecil (Revolution Software) delivering a session about lessons learned from his launches of Broken Sword on the iOS App Store – including successes including the “12 Days of Christmas” promotion.

Plus a fascinating talk from Toru Sasaki, Active Gaming Media, about the forthcoming UKTI games mission to the Tokyo Game Show in September.