October 2017 Newsletter
All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.
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Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 26th October, 7.30pm
Join us for two great talks! This month we’ve got:
‘How the Hub can help you make better games’ – a talk from several members of the Hub about how basing themselves here has benefited their processes and releases.
‘What’s happening in the Steam market place? Reflections on launching games onto Steam’ from Hub director Tomas Rawlings.
So join us then! 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.
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
October is a busy month for PQube: we’re going to three different events and releasing two games in the span of four weeks!
On October 6-8, we worked with NGI Events to host the biggest fighting game tournament in London, Revolution, with players coming from all over Europe and as far as Saudi Arabia to attend! The 5 winners of the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, our core fighting games, are currently in Japan, all expenses paid, for the Arc Revolution Cup, which is the world cup for those games!
Last week, we had a booth at Play Expo in Manchester, showcasing two unreleased games: Cat Quest and Under Night In-Birth Exe: Lat[est].
We’ve also just release CHAOS;CHILD on PS4 and PS Vita, a murder mystery visual novel on Friday 13th, which comes straight from Japan and has a gripping story!
Finally our biggest event will be MCM Comic Con in London at the ExCeL centre, which is next weekend. We’ll be there with a big booth with Rice Digital, and lots of playable games, including some unreleased games and a new game announcement for the weekend! We’re also releasing on the same Friday 27th Raiden V, from the famous series of shoot’em ups, and we’ll have it playable at the show too!
Here are some pictures from Revolution if you’d like as well: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0hqzy6f42ssf14d/AACOQlC1Zw7AWqIpwtXSyMxDa?dl=0
What a month. We have a Kickstarter project live, right now! We’ve just broken 100% funding for our Cthulhu-themed Christmas cards (check them out!) but there promises to be some very cool stretch goals as additional pledges come in.
We also released Ogre onto Steam, which has gone very well and has garnered some really positive reviews so far from outlets such as Rock Paper Shotgun, PCGamesN and more! We’ll be continuing to release updates for this over the coming weeks, and have recently announced a Mac version of the game coming soon. For more info on both of these points and more, check out our latest blog post.
Opposable Games is offering three contract job roles working on a VR arcade project in the Bristol VR Lab. These are listed in the Jobs and Opportunities section below.
The Mad Cow Disease Update is coming! Earlier this month we revealed the first details on the next big update for Plague Inc., which introduces three all new scenarios: ‘Mad Cow Disease’, ‘Flight Club’, and ‘Where Is Everyone?’. Expect plenty of moo-tations, a world full of airports (including in Greenland!), and a proper post-apocalyptic challenge.
Plague Inc. featured by Apple for iOS11 launch! Apple’s new look App Store, which launched alongside iOS11, features a lot more editorial content, and it chose Plague Inc. to be one of the first games to feature with an extended article and interview piece. It looks especially cool, so if you have an iOS11 device click this link to get an eye full: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/story/id1288074098
Plague Inc: The Board Game back in stock (soon!) Amazon US has run out of copies of the board game (a good problem to have!), but have no fear as we’ve got a literal boatload of freshly printed copies on their way over there right now (we made it through customs with thousands of boxes labelled ‘PLAGUE’ again – phew!). For those keen on grabbing a copy for Christmas gifting purposes, we should have plenty of games ready just in time for the holidays.
Somerset Games Hub
Somerset Games Hub is a community for game makers that has recently launched. Their venture will start as a meetup for like-minded individuals in the surrounding area to network and share what they’re working on. Check it out if you’re down them ways!
Jobs & Opportunities
Multiplayer networking/VR hardware/API integration Unity developer
VFX and games Unity programmer
Opposable is also offering a longer term opportunity for a junior position to help us run day to day operations at Bristol VR Lab; Bristol VR Lab Assistant.
Mobile Pie are looking for a freelance video editor to put together showreels of our various games. Send details of your experience and day rates to email@example.com if you’d like to be considered.
‘South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo III’ @ Knowle West Media Centre – 4th & 5th November
The South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo returns in 2017, with two days of retro gaming, Virtual Reality gaming, manga illustration, Minecraft and more. Details can be found here.
Bristol Games Hub Anti-Social @ Bristol Games Hub – 26th October
- Independent Body recommends more funding for UK games industry – yay!
- Tackling toxic game communities – Valve vs Blizzard
- TIGA partners with ITN Productions on current affairs-style games industry programme The Next Level
- Should players get access to all a game’s content even if they don’t play through?