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Game Republic Blown Away at GDC 2023 in San Francisco

A very jetlagged Jamie Sefton reports back after a busy GDC …

meta expo area at GDC

It was a pleasure to be at the Game Developers Conference 2023 in San Francisco last week. After a few years of pandemic, it felt like this GDC was back to being the world’s biggest developer conference with thousands attending from all over the world. Game Republic led the Department for Business & Trade (DBT) mission to GDC as Export Champion for the Northern Powerhouse – arranging meetings for 50+ games companies to meet publishers, platform-holders and other businesses. Thanks to DBT support, many companies had access to match-funding to help pay for the trip too which was an added bonus.

Alas there was no Californian sun blazing on arrival, instead we were welcomed with a cyclone and horizontal rain including trees blown over (see link to this funny twitter post that perfectly depicts my feelings too). It didn’t matter much what was happening outside though as all the action was inside at GDC. GR and DBT based at Werqwise in San Francisco provided a spacious, friendly office over several floors for informal and formal meetings and for those wanting the outdoors indoors, the space even included yurts!

werqwise space at GDC

Meetings took place with companies including Apple US, Hiro Capital, Valve, Meta, Epic Games, AWS, Tencent Games, Digital Extremes and Nintendo Europe, which will hopefully result in millions of pounds of business for games companies across the UK including our members Radical Forge, Five Aces Publishing, PitStop Productions, Red Kite Games, Renaissance PR and Labrador Studios who were all part of the DBT mission to GDC.

Highlights on the business side was an excellent panel with Shuhei Yoshida (Sony PlayStation Indies) about setting up, creative processes and marketing for indie developers, an Investor Dinner organised by Ukie and a DBT networking drinks event which included competitive games of shuffleboard.
Shuhei Yoshida (Sony PlayStation Indies) panel

Aside from the business meetings – I got to play on some incredible games at the Independent Games Festival games, at Day of the Devs and on stands for Epic, Unity and PlayStation – with VR represented by Meta and new hardware entrant Pico. Fantastic and inspiring stuff which will be featuring in our upcoming events in May supported by our Official Partners Barclays, Red Kite Games and Escape Technology

If you are interested in joining future missions hopefully with funding or learning more about international opportunities and networking, join Game Republic – if you are already a member, then watch this space and look out for our emails coming soon 😉

For a look at recorded sessions from GDC click here

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