Game Republic

Northern Lights

Yorkshire and The North is a region that has gained significant and deserved recognition over the last few decades making incredible global titles, award-winning games and experiences, pioneering the use of new technology, supporting the national and global games industry and trailblazing new initiatives to provide a better environment for all to make and play games.

In 2023, Game Republic created a series called Northern Lights, profiling leaders in the region making a positive impact. Later that year we hosted the first Game Republic Awards. In 2024, we are proud to launch the Official Game Republic Northern Lights – our Game Republic Hall of Fame – which pulls together both initiatives to spotlight the great work going on. Leading with the incredible Game Republic 20th Anniversary Award Winners….

The Game Republic Northern Lights will be added to each year when we will recognise leading figures and studios in our industry or supporting our industry to grow and succeed.  You will be able to click on the profiles of these leading individuals, teams and companies too to find out more about them and to get inspired. So watch this space!

Special thanks to our Official Partners Red Kite Games, Escape Technology and Barclays for supporting our initiatives and activities in 2023 and 2024.

The individuals that are joining our Northern Lights

Andrew Crawshaw – Community Player  – Interview with Andrew Crawshaw

Kimberley Turner – Best Company Boss  – Interview with Kimberley Turner here

Charles Cecil, Revolution – Games Legend  – Interview with Charles Cecil coming soon…

Noirin Carmody, Revolution – Games Legend  – Interview with Noirin Carmody

Anne Van Der Merwe of Red Kite Games – Studio Hero – Interview coming soon…

Matthew Novak University of Huddersfield  – Inspiring Course Leader – Interview coming soon…

The companies who join our Northern Lights

Huey Games – Best Small Studio – Interview with Rob Hewson

Radical Forge – Best Mid-Sized Studio – Interview with Bruce Slater

Double Eleven – Best Large Studio – Interview with Kimberley Turner

Sumo Digital for work in inclusivity – interview with Jake Habgood from Sumo Academy here

Dreaming Methods – Most Innovative Use of Technology – interview with co-directors Judi Alston and Andy Campbell

Megaverse  for work in Sustainability – link to their work in GameChangers

Games that join our Game Republic Northern Lights Best Game List

Broken Sword – The Shadow of the Templars

Here are the first people we interviewed early in 2023 and thanked for making a big impact on the region and the games industry…

Photo of Simon Iwaniszak - Red Kite Games

Picture of Adam Clewes-Boyne

portrait of Laura Harper

Nick Streeter portrait

portrait of John Sanderson

Simon Barratt picture

Photo of Nina Cliff

Photo of Kimberly Turner


Image of John Rose-Adams

Picture of Nick Keynes

Dr Jake Habgood on BBC News