Yorkshire Games Industry Success Celebrated in MCV/Develop Magazine

The successful Yorkshire games industry is featured in this month’s MCV/Develop Magazine.

With contributions from games companies including Sumo Digital, PitStop Productions, Rebellion North, and Team17, the feature is a celebration of the vibrant and diverse industry that exists right across Yorkshire and Humber taking in towns and cities such as Wakefield, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Barnsley and Huddersfield.

The article also features interviews with the Yorkshire Games Festival, National Videogame Museum and Game Republic, focusing on topics including recruitment, university and college games courses and investment in the region.

You can view the whole article online here.

UPDATE! The Yorkshire games industry was also featured in a BBC Look North report on 1st July 2020 featuring Game Republic, students from Barnsley College  and Team17. Video below.

Team17 joins Game Republic’s first Studio Special

Team17 is the first games company to feature in a new series of “Studio Specials” for members on Thursday 25th June 2020, focusing on games studios from the Yorkshire and North of England games business network.

As one of the longest-running and most successful Yorkshire-based games companies, Team17 will host talks and presentations on various aspects of its games business including development and games publishing, sharing its extensive industry insights and best practices. CEO of Team17, Debbie Bestwick MBE, will introduce the proceedings, which will also have opportunities for all GR members to ask questions during the exclusive online event.

Update – photo from the event below!

Game Republic event – Running a Games Business, 11th June

The next Game Republic event will be a live webinar on Thursday 11th June at 4pm entitled “Running a Games Business”!

The webinar will feature a specially-chosen panel of industry guests with advice on running games companies of various sizes – featuring Viktorya Hollings (Boomdash Digital and ex-PopCap), David Clark (Green Man Gaming, Cuba Entertainment) and Caspar Field (Talk Management and ex-Wish Studios).

Topics of discussion will include managing during a crisis, working from home, project management and hitting milestones, with a Q&A afterwards where GR members can ask questions. The event will also feature a short presentation by Anna Mansi (BFI) on the cultural test for Videogames Tax Relief.

This event is kindly sponsored by Barclays. If you would like to join Game Republic and get access to all our events, get in touch.

This webinar is now available to view on our YouTube channel.

Game Republic Student Showcase Online – Tuesday 26th May 2020

Game Republic is again hosting the Student Showcase – but this year’s event will be hosted online!

The Game Republic Student Showcase is a competition for final-year and post-graduate students at our Educational Partner universities and colleges, who can submit their projects and games for five awards judged by our fantastic games company sponsors. The event is also kindly sponsored by Barclays.

This year’s awards include the Sumo Digital Award for Game Design, the Rebellion North Award for Game Art and Animation, the Revolution Software Award for Game Audio and the Red Kite Games Award for Game Technology. We’re pleased to announce that we have had 35 projects submitted for judging, which makes the Student Showcase 2020 our biggest showcase yet!

Game Republic will then host a special Student Showcase Award Show at 5pm on Tuesday 26th May where the games companies will announce live the winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category. After the event, Game Republic will host a video of the winning entries. More than 100 previous Showcase participants have enjoyed placements and full-time jobs after the event at companies including Sumo Digital and Rockstar Leeds.

Check out a selection of this year’s fantastic projects in this Game Republic Student Showcase 2020 video below – and our winners are now listed here!

GameDevDay Digital featuring ID@Xbox – 7th May 2020

Game Republic’s next business event for members will be on Thursday 7th May with a digital version of GameDevDay, featuring a webinar with ID@Xbox, a virtual pub meet-up for Game Republic and GaMaYo members and a Slack thread to demo and show games and projects to various publishers and platform-holders.

Starting at 2pm is a webinar from Ago Simonetta, ID@Xbox, on the platform’s various opportunities including Game Pass, with a chance to ask questions after the main presentation. This event is for GR members only.

From 6pm will be the virtual pub meet-up for both GR and GaMaYo members, plus the opportunity to show new games and projects via our Slack group. To become a member of Game Republic, simply get in touch!