17th October 2013: Game Republic, the Yorkshire and Northern England games business network, is celebrating its tenth birthday today. Set up in 2003 by a group of Yorkshire games developers including Martyn Brown (Insight For Hire), Charles Cecil (Revolution Software) and Bryan Reynolds (Rockstar Leeds), Game Republic was an initiative to give the members a louder voice, and the ability to share information, resources and development work.
A decade on and the network is still going strong, now as a private company, with more than 60 members from Yorkshire, the north-west and north-east of England, enjoying regular monthly business meetings - that bring the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Amazon to the region – as well as providing special member offers and business introductions from Managing Director, Jamie Sefton.
“Game Republic wouldn’t be here without the incredible support from our games companies, affiliates, guest speakers and universities, such as Sumo Digital, Rockstar Leeds, Platform Expos, Team 17, The Blast Furnace, Four Door Lemon and the University of Huddersfield,” said Sefton. “I’m enormously proud of the games development scene here, which I believe is one of the strongest, friendliest, most creative and passionate in the world. The proof is in the amazing games made in Yorkshire and the north such as Worms, Broken Sword, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Oddworld and more that continue to raid the global charts.”
"It's just fantastic that the Game Republic network is celebrating its tenth birthday this year," said MD and founder of Revolution Software, Charles Cecil. "We initially set up Game Republic a decade ago to really help games developers in this region, and it's wonderful that this is still continuing today."
“I attended the very first meeting for the network in Bradford, before the name “Game Republic” even existed, so to have seen it changed and grown over the years to what it is now, is a testament to those involved,” added Stewart Gilray, CEO of Just Add Water Ltd. “The network has allowed the smaller of the dev teams in the area to get incredibly valuable access to some of the industry vanguards and knowledge. Here’s to the next 10 years!”
The Game Republic network will be celebrating its tenth birthday tonight in Leeds, with a special invite-only event for current members, supporters, previous speakers and industry friends. The party also includes a special selection of recent and retro games from Game Republic members provided by Replay Events.
If you would like more information on Game Republic and how the network can help your business, contact Jamie Sefton at firstname.lastname@example.org.