Thursday 29th March 2012: UK games network Game Republic has doubled its membership with over 50 Yorkshire and northern games companies, higher education institutions and businesses joining the network in the last twelve months.
“I’m genuinely humbled and delighted that the future of this valuable network has been secured thanks to the fantastic support and private backing from the region’s games industry and other UK and international partners,” said Managing Director of Game Republic, Jamie Sefton.
Red Kite Games and the Leeds College of Art became the 50th and 51st members of Game Republic this week, joining a network that already includes Sumo Digital, Revolution Software, Four Door Lemon and Just Add Water Ltd, along with Educational Partners including Leeds Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Huddersfield, and affiliates Garthwest, 3volution Solicitors and MFL Insurance.
“Red Kite Games is extremely excited to become the latest games company to join Game Republic,” said Managing Director Simon Iwaniszak. “We have already benefited from the fantastic exposure facilitated by the network, which plays an essential role in supporting the games industry.”
Game Republic was established in 2003 by Yorkshire games companies to encourage business and inward investment in the region. Game Republic continues as a private company with the core mission statement, “more business for Game Republic members.”
“Sumo has always been proud to be a part of Game Republic,” explained Managing Director of Sumo Digital, Carl Cavers. “It's very beneficial for games development in the north to have a local body representing our community, without which I'm sure we'd never have got together or achieved the magnificent results we have over the last few years.”
In the past year, as part of Game Republic’s events in the region, the network has hosted Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Microsoft, OnLive, Unity and GOG.com. Game Republic members also receive business support, links with other regional and national organisations such as UKTI, NESTA and TIGA, and member discounts for major games conferences and events including Game Horizon and Develop. Future events will include the Game Republic Student Showcase on May 29th at the University of Bradford - which gives games companies the opportunity to see and judge the latest creative talent - as well as more networking meetings with major platform holders and publishers.
“Working with Game Republic in the region has been really beneficial for us,” said Kish Hirani, Head of Developer Services at SCEE R&D. “The events have given us the opportunity to speak to many Yorkshire games companies and universities at once, meet new potential partners and listen to feedback that improves our developer relations and technology initiatives.”
“ Yorkshire has always had a particularly strong games development community,” added Managing Director of Game Republic, Jamie Sefton, “but now with the rapid growth of the indie sector and the increasing talent from our universities and colleges, we’re seeing this region firmly establishing itself as one of the most innovative and exciting places in the global games industry.”
For more information on how to become a member of Game Republic, or take part in the network’s events, visit the website: www.gamerepublic.net
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Game Republic is an industry-led games network for Yorkshire and the north, which offers extensive commercial benefits to its members, developing a more effective membership structure that includes games developers, digital publishers, digital companies, support industries, affiliates and academic institutions. Game Republic is evolving to become even more relevant and essential to games businesses looking for networking meetings, support, contacts and business development.