November Newsletter

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All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.

Bristol Games Hub is a non-profit space for games and play. We run this newsletter, host events, and also rent desk space at cost price with no strings attached so you can get on with creating amazing games. Contact nina at for more information.

Nina can also be contacted regarding including news items in the next newsletter, the deadline for which is 10th December. From December we will be sending the newsletter out a week earlier.

Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 26th November, 7.30pm

Ella Romanos – Tips for Tech Innovation Funding
Tenshi Grants help games, digital and creative companies secure public funding for technology innovation projects. Our goal is to help more businesses take advantage of the public grants that are available to them, and to thereby help those companies and the industry to grow.

Peter Willington – The Perils of PR Emails
Auroch Digital’s new Producer brings an expanded version of his talk from Pocket Gamer Connects in Helsinki, to the Bristol Games Hub, showcasing real world examples of dodgy press releases and shady PR tactics, revealing how any company can create better written communications.

So join us then…we’ve got a buzzer! We’re at 77 Stokes Croft on the 3rd Floor. The entrance is off Thomas Street, just up from the junction of Thomas St/Stokes Croft, above MEATLiquor.

Games Hub News:

Launch of Unreal Group 

The Hub has collaborated with Epic Games to launch a brand new developer group dedicated to the Unreal Engine. The first meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd December and will be an introduction to Unreal Engine 4. Following month’s meetups can look forward to technical talks, Q&A sessions and plenty of swag courtesy of Epic!

For full details and to RSVP, visit the Meetup page.

Dev Time Bank

The Hub strives to support the games community, part of this is to support the budding generation of devs. In the few hours before next week’s Anti-Social we will be trialling our new venture, ‘Dev Time Bank’. Anyone interested in getting in to the games industry will have the opportunity to book a 30 minute slot with a relevant professional. If you or you know anyone who would benefit from this opportunity please ask them to send an email to nina at with a paragraph outlining question they want to ask or information they are looking for.

SW Freelancer/Company Dev Directory
If you’re looking for people to help on a project, or you are available for work, put your details in. Please only list info you’re happy to have in the public domain:

SW Game Dev Jobs Facebook page – Find roles and post new openings here…

Dev Scene News

Auroch Digital’s Latest Update

We’re proud to announce our latest title, The Last Days of Old Earth. The project is a hex-based tactical wargame with a rich single player campaign and deep multiplayer mode, developed in partnership with Slitherine Publishing and The Wintermute Company, and comes to Steam Early Access in Feb 2016.

On top of this, we also helped coordinate the Humble Weekly Bundle: Games Workshop. The final tally was an impressive $168k with 35k bundles sold and over $38k raised for charities including SpecialEffect, Jennifer Ann’s Group, Gamers for Orcas, and Direct Relief. We look forward to a visit from Gamers for Orcas in early 2016 to let us know how our money has helped.

Opposable News

We’ve had a great month at Opposable, the biggest news certainly being the announcement of our brand new Virtual Reality conference, VR World Congress. The conference is set for 12th April 2016 and we’re delighted to say that it will be taking place in Bristol. We’ve already announced a bunch of speakers, exhibitors and sponsors for the event, including the likes of AMD, Frontier, nDreams and more. Tickets are on sale right now!

This month we are saying goodbye to Rob and Daniel H-D who are heading off to pastures new. No doubt we’ll miss them but that certainly won’t stop us replacing them (sorry guys). See below for details on Opposable recruitment.

VRGo Kickstarter Almost There!

VRGo, the chair that redefines movement in virtual reality is currently inches away from achieving it’s goal of raising £20,000 on kickstarter. For more info or to support them click here.


Jobs & Opportunities

Opposable Games

Opening for an experienced Unity developer, closing date 13th Dec. Go for more information.

Auroch Digital

With the possibility of some very exciting projects coming up at Auroch, they are looking to start recruiting Unity and Unreal based artists, programmers and designers. Click here for more info.

Creative Desk Space

Desk spaces and private office for 2-4 desks for creative individuals and companies available in 77 Stokes Croft. For more information email nina at

Design Competition – Future Dead: Designing Disposal for Bodies and Data

The Future Cemetery 2016 Design Competition is asking people to imagine a world where both human remains and a person’s digital footprint must be considered at the end of life. £5k bursary, click here for full details.


Events Diary

Unity Group – Wednesday 18th Nov

This month the Unity Group will have Andy Touch coming down from Unityland itself to talk about the audio changes to Unity 5. Visit their Meetup page for more information and to RSVP.

Anti-Social – Thursday 26th Nov

See above for full details.

Lunchtime Talk: Pink Friday Fandom – Friday 27th Nov

Jennifer Whitney’s talk, ‘Becoming Barbie with Nicki Minaj’ explores the ideas around the automation of everyday life.

Grrrl Gamers – Tuesday 1st Dec

As always, the first Tuesday of ever month brings the opportunity for women in the industry to get together. Visit their Meetup page for more information and to RSVP.

Unreal Group – Thursday 3rd Dec

See above for full details.


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Thanks all!