Game Republic turns ten

Game Republic turns ten
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

October 9th 2013 at 9:44AM

UK dev sector’s largest regional body enters its second decade

Northern England and Yorkshire games industry network Game Republic is this month celebrating ten years supporting developers in the region.

Established in 2003 by proven Yorkshire games makers including Martyn Brown of Insight For Hire, Revolution Software’s Charles Cecil and Bryan Reynolds of Rockstar Leeds, Game Republic strives to give its members a voice in the global games business, and encourages the sharing of information, resources and work.

“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, Team17, Four Door Lemon and the University of Huddersfield,” said Game Republic managing director Jamie Sefton (above).

“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.”

Presently functioning as a private company, Game Republic has over 60 members spanning Yorkshire, the North West and North East of England, which are granted access to monthly business meetings that serve to connect developers in the region with the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Amazon.

“I attended the very first meeting for the network in Bradford, before the name Game Republic even existed, so to have seen it change and grow over the years to what it is now, is a testament to those involved,” stated Stewart Gilray, CEO of Just Add Water.

“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 ten years.”

The Game Republic network is set to celebrate its birthday on Thursday, October 17th in Leeds, with an invite-only event for current members, supporters, previous speakers and others from the industry.