Happy New Year – 1st Newsletter of 2016!

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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 aurochdigital.com for more information.

Nina can also be contacted regarding including news items in the next newsletter, the deadline for which is 10th February.

Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 28th January, 7.30pm

As this month’s Anti-Social falls on the evening before Global Game Jam, we are running a How To Jam Special! Featuring two great talks from:

Tomas Rawlings: Top Tips For Jam Success 

As a past judge for Global Game Jam (& other jams), Tom will be giving his Top Tips for having a fun and successful Jam.

Selection of Past Participates: Jamming At It’s Best

We have organised a couple of past Jammers (some award winning ones at that!) to come and talk about the best bits of jamming and what to look forward to.

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 Meat Liquor.

Games Hub News:

Global Game Jam 

With only 1 ticket remaining on release of this newsletter, this year’s Global Game Jam is set to be a sell out. We are very excited about teaming up with PM Studios and The Watershed to bring back this much loved event.

Jamming will kick off at 5pm on Friday 29th Jan with the global theme being announced at 6pm. Opening times and more info can be found on our site page. Looking forward to seeing a lot of you there!

Pocket Gamer Connects BGH Speakers

Pocket Gamer Connects London will be taking place this month on the 18th and 19th January, bringing together people and companies from the world’s global games industry community.

Bristol Games Hub is going to be well represented as we send one of our Directors, James Parker over there to talk about Great British Game Hubs. He will also be joined by two more of our residents from Opposable Group, Alex Briskham and Dan Page, talking about developing for VR.

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: http://bit.ly/bghdirectory

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

Dev Scene News

 Auroch Digital Update

Aside from taking a much-deserved Christmas break, the Auroch team has been extremely busy working on current projects. We recently launched the first closed beta for our Last Days of Old Earth title, and have been working closely with our community to ensure their feedback is heard, even before our Early Access Steam release in February.

We’re also going to be launching a Kickstarter for a very special newsgame, sign up to the mailing list for our newsgame initiative, GameTheNews, to be the first to know!

Opposable Games

We are currently riding the wave of VR publicity this month, showing our virtual reality kit to a raft of companies from across the UK.

This is all happening alongside on of busiest periods to date; the dev team is working incredibly hard to complete a selection of very important projects (all of which have to be kept secret for now, darn it!). Plus, one of our recent projects for Content Delivery Network Akamai (they provide up to 30% of the world’s web services!) is now available on Google Play and the App Store, both can be viewed through Google Cardboard.

We’ve also launched group multi-buy tickets for VR World Congress which can net you a discount of over £120 PER TICKET. Well worth a look if you’re interested in heading to our conference in April.

MGF London

Running straight after Pocket Gamer Connects, on the 20th and 21st Jan, is MGF London. It’s the 13th year the event is running, bringing together mobile gamesenthusiasts, developers, and studios from around the world. Our very own Tomas Rawlings will be speaking, talking about licensing as an indie developer.

Jobs & Opportunities

Sumo Digital

Showcase your skills in Games Art or Coding and be in with a chance of winning a job opportunity at Sumo Digital. Click here for full details and how to apply.

Grads in Games – Search for a Star

Grads in Games have launched their Search for a Star Competition which is open to final year and postgraduate students. The prize will be an interview offer from one or their partner studios. Click here for full details and how to enter.

Grads in Games – Rising Star

Grads in Games have launched their Rising Star Competition which is open to first and second year students. The prize will be an internship with one of their partner studios. Click here for full details and how to enter.

Events Diary

Unreal Meetup (18th Jan)

This month’s Unreal Meetup will be covering Engine Framework Overview. TheMeetup page has all the information you need to come along.

Pocket Gamer Connects London (18th – 19th Jan)

See above for full details

Unity Group Meetup (20th Jan)

After a bit of a break for Christmas the Unity Meetup is back and ready to kick off the New Year with a talk and discussion about lighting in 2 dimensions. For full details and to RSVP go to their Meetup page.

MGF London (20th – 21st Jan)

See above for details and links

Bristol Games Hub Antisocial (28th Jan)

See above for full details and links

Bristol Games Hub Global Game Jam (29th – 31st Jan)

See above for full details and links

Grrrl Gamers Group (2nd Feb)

The regular monthly Meetup for women in the gaming industry, for full details and to RSVP go to their Meetup site.

Quick Links

Thanks all!