The Yorkshire Games Festival at the National Science and Media Museum is now in its second year, and a wonderful opportunity for students, games fans, games developers and families to attend workshops, showcases and talks from some of the best games companies in the world. The two-day conference track on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 November features writers, musicians, artists and programmers who have worked on some of the biggest global games hits: Destiny 2, FIFA, Star Wars Battlefront, World of Tanks, Uncharted, The Last of Us, Hellblade, LEGO Marvel Superheroes and more.
However, the ‘Yorkshire’ part of the festival is so important for Game Republic, as it shines a light on the fantastic industry that we have in the region and supported by our network: more than 200 developers, huge companies such as Rockstar Leeds (Grand Theft Auto), Team17 (Worms) and Sumo Digital (Crackdown, Snake Pass) as well as many more smaller companies that make world-conquering games on mobile, console and PC, and in the virtual worlds of AR and VR.
Sheffield developer Boneloaf are featured in the main conference, talking about their incredibly successful jelly-person multiplayer brawling game Gang Beasts, but the games weekend also features many more Yorkshire and Humber developers as part of a Yorkshire Games Showcase, and games funded through the Creative England GamesLab Leeds initiative and the government’s UK Games Fund.
Make sure you check out the hugely enjoyable VR Partyware from Huddersfield’s Shuttershade Studios, AR game Smash Tanks from Sheffield developer Dumpling Design, and wonderful platforming game Mable & the Wood from another Sheffield-based developer, Triplevision Games. Plus there are other incredible titles from New Moon Games, GameDigits, Gentlemen of Science and many, many more from across Yorkshire.
Please come and support the Yorkshire Games Festival—buy tickets, see the talks, take part in the workshops and play the games, so we can make sure we continue to grow this special games event for our region into 2018 and beyond!