• BGI announces Sheffield as its new national HQ

    Nottingham, June 27th 

    The BGI, the new national agency for games culture, is opening its national headquarters at the Sheffield Kollider, a new hub for creative and technology industries currently being developed in Castlegate, the historic heart of Sheffield. The Kollider building is being renovated with DCMS funding as part of a wider push by Sheffield to create a new cluster for high growth industries in the city. The BGI is one of the first arrivals from a range of creative, technology and biotech businesses expected to locate in Kollider over the next 12 months.

    BGI will also move the National Videogame Arcade from its current home to the new premises. BGI will maintain an educational and research facility in Nottingham, where it will also run the GameCity festival later in 2018. The NVA will close to the public in Nottingham in mid-September, before opening again in Sheffield in late October 2018.

    For More Info
    http://thebgi.uk/2018/06/28/bgi-announces-sheffield-as-its-new-national-hq

  • The National Videogame Arcade launches a Patreon campaign

    5th Dec 2017

    The National Videogame Arcade, the UK’s unique, permanent home for videogame culture has launched a Patreon to support its work and invite more people to get involved in its plans.

    Iain Simons, CEO of the National Videogame Foundation said,
    “We’re launching the Patreon to help people have a say in the work we do now, shape our priorities for the future and, of course, help us develop the NVA further.

    It’s vitally important that DCMS support the development of a broader videogame culture through programmes like the British Games Institute, that we 100% support – but the NVA is here today.

    Thousands of families visit it every month to be inspired by videogames. Hundreds of school trips pass through our doors every year and countless new voices are inspired to make videogames. There’s nothing else like it.”

    To learn more about the Patreon programme,
    visit https://www.patreon.com/thenva

     

     

     

     

  • Rooks Nest Ventures £28 Million Investment Fund

    June 6th 2017

    London Based VC Rooks Nest Ventures Has £28 Million For Games/Tech Investments

    A new £28 million investment fund has opened with the launch of Rooks Nest Ventures.
    The firm positions itself as an “early-stage, evergeen fund” looking for opportunities to work with technology businesses and help bring them together with media and entertainment companies looking to take their brands to new areas, including video games.

    The VC will draw on experience from sister company Rooks Nest Entertainment, a film studio, and has already worked with Disruptor Beam, the developer behind free-to-play hits “Game of Thrones: Ascent” and “Star Trek Timelines.”
    More Info.

  • British Games Institute

    Jan 25th 2017

    Rick Gibson and Ian Livingstone announced a powerful new campaign yesterday to create a British Games Institute

    Supported by UKIE and TIGA, they are asking Government to back the foundation of a new agency to fund games production, cultural and educational initiatives with £8m per annum in new funding, including £5m for games production.

    They’ve held initial talks with Government but, as Government announced its new Industrial Strategy yesterday, they are now asking the industry and senior people from all our studios to back this exciting new plan.

    Can you join the call? At this stage, we simply asking you to add your name to a website calling for a British Games Institute – The BGI.

    Go to www.britishgamesinstitute.com and sign up there.

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  • BAME in Games network launched to attract more diverse talent

    June 12th 2016

    BAME in Games network launched to attract more diverse talent to the games industry

    The UK games industry today launches an advocacy group to encourage more diverse talent to work in the games and wider entertainment industry. The group will manage a professional network to encourage discussion and collaboration on diversity and make available speakers for conferences and events. The network is free to join and open to everyone interested in the entertainment sector

    More Info.

  • UK Games industry Individuals receive honours

    June 11th 2016

    Congratulations UK Games industry Individuals on receiving their honours

    Made in Creative wishes to Congratulate UK Games industry Individuals receiving honours in the Queens Birthdays Honours …
    Dr Eben Upton, Inventor and founder of Raspberry Pi,  was award CBE for services to Business and Education.
    Dr Jo Twist, head of the games industry body UKie, was made an OBE, for Services to the Creative Industries
    Debbie Bestwick from games publisher Team 17, MBE for her services to the computer games industry

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  • Intel – Buzz Workshop

    May 4th 2016

    Intel® Buzz Workshop 2016 comes to London on June 4th!

    This event will feature brilliant talks by industry experts, panel sessions, networking opps, and an exciting developer showcase to conclude. Listen and learn as speakers and attendees swap solutions to the biggest challenges facing game developers today. Top-notch experts such as Ed Fries (X Box Project), Kate Edwards (IGDA), Oscar Clark (Unity) and Penka Kouneva (Prince of Persia) will star in this jam-packed, one-day conference. For those who already have a game in the works, sign up to demo it at our Developer Showcase.
    In addition, there’ll be giveaways and prizes awarded to standout projects, plus the chance to demo your game and troubleshoot your work with bonafide gaming gurus. Intel’s brightest minds will also be there to help guide the conversation along.

    More Info.

     

  • Launch of Tranzfuser

    March 16th 2016

    Tranzfuser, the innovative new talent development programme from UK Games Talent and Finance CIC and funded by the UK government.

    Deadline for applications is 15th April  2016

    Designed to provide a platform for creative leaders of the future, Tranzfuser is aimed at graduates looking to break into the games development industry, with a strong focus on getting their game to market.

    Lead applicants to Tranzfuser have an opportunity to project manage the teams that they form for the Tranzfuser journey and win funds from the UK Games Fund.  Successful applicants will be invited to develop their ideas into working prototypes over the summer in a competition that culminates in a nationally recognized showcase event. Participants will have access to Regional Hubs and leading industry support where possible, providing the best knowledge-base and resources available across the UK.

    Successful applicants will be awarded a £5,000 budget to allocate as they choose throughout the competition. At the showcase event in September 2016, selected teams will be invited to pitch for follow-on funding of up to £25k from the UK Games Fund to commercialise their game and launch a company.
    More Info.

     

  • VOOM – Pitch to Rich

    March 9th 2016

    Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 is an exciting pitch competition. The idea is simple: pitch us your business idea, and if our judges like it enough, you’ll win a share in £1,000,000 of prizes.
    VOOM 2016 IS COMING 22ND MARCH

    Last year 2,677 of you shared your business ideas with us. The final 9 got to pitch to our panel of judges , including Sir Richard Branson.

    It’s nearly time for VOOM 2016, and this year it’s going to be bigger and better.
    [Listed here, as many winners are App developers]

    More Info.

     

  • Applications reopen for Greenshoots

    January 8th 2016

    Joint venture between Microsoft and Creative England offering up to £50,000 to promising studios outside Greater London

    The deadline for applications is Monday, February 8th.

    Greenshoots, the incubation initiative run by Creative England and Microsoft, has re-opened its call for applications.

    The programme enables developers to apply for between £25,000 and £50,000 towards the development and release of a new projects. Successful applications will also receive mentoring, support and opportunities to meet potential investors and publishers.

    More Info.