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Bristol UKie Hub Crawl dates announced

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The Hub Crawl is back! Come and join fellow games developers and publishers and identify new opportunities and strategies to support the growth of your business.

This years Hub Crawl will focus on helping games business get investment ready. This will consist of a series of free events, located all around the UK, bringing games businesses together to learn about types of investment, with practical guidance on business planning, pitching and growth.

For more information about the Bristol UKie Hub Crawl, pop over here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bristol-ukie-hub-crawl-getting-investment-ready-tickets-54000294334

February Ukie Hub Crawl

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Ukie Hub Crawl: Getting Investment Ready – Cardiff

The Hub Crawl is back in Cardiff for a second year on the 25th of February 6pm-9pm! Come and join fellow games folk to network and identify new opportunities/strategies to support the growth of your business.

This year’s Hub Crawl will focus on helping games business get investment ready. This will consist of a series of free events, located all around the UK, bringing games businesses together to learn about types of investment, with practical guidance on business planning, pitching and growth.

After each session there’ll be a chance to network, share ideas and have a drink/pizza with your peers. This provides the perfect platform to get to know people/businesses within your area.

This is a free event open to anyone involved in the games industry. Please feel free to invite your colleagues, friends and associates.

Register for free here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cardiff-ukie-hub-crawl-getting-investment-ready-tickets-54000115800

February Newsletter Now Available!

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The February newsletter for the Bristol Games Hub is now out and about in people’s inboxes. This month’s issue has stories from Auroch Digital, Groundshatter and hot news about some upcoming Megagames action.

You can check out this month’s issue by clicking HERE!

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the monthly newsletter by clicking here

Cheers!

January Hub Newsletter now available

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We have just released the latest issue of the Hub Newsletter, featuring stories from Auroch Digital and Ndemic.

You can view it here.

You can subscribe to the newsletter and have it delivered directly to your inbox, by signing up here.

Bristol Games Hub December newsletter

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Auroch Digitals latest podcast and Ndemic and Force of Habit have exciting news.
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Bristol Games Hub Newsletter

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.

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, you can contact Sarah at info@bristolgameshub.com. The deadline for entries is 10th January.

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…

Games Hub News

Auroch Digital latest podcast episode and Ndemic Creation and Force of Habit have exciting updates.
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Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 31st January 2019,19.30

No Anti socials talk this month but watch this space for next months topics.

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, opposite the Canteen.

 

Dev Scene News

Auroch Digital- How to make a video game.

Episode 3 of the Auroch Digital podcast is now live! Featuring Nina Collins, Production Manager, it sees we ask… What is it like working for an indie company? Talk about advice for getting your CV noticed, and… who the best video game hero is!
You can view this episode, and the last two by visiting aurochdigital.com/podcasts

Ndemic Creations

Rebel Inc. launches on iOS,Six years after releasing global hit Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations is pleased to announce that we’ve launched a new game! Rebel Inc. is a unique and deeply engaging political/military simulation that challenges you to stabilise a post-war country and stop the spread of a deadly insurgency.
More information here: www.rebelincgame.com

PC Connects

New details (and special PC ticket offers) unveiled for PC Connects London
There’s just a month to go before London’s two-day games industry conference! On January 21st and 22nd, PC Connects London 2019 will shine a light on the trends changing the PC development world. It will explain the realities of the current markets and offer essential strategies to survive and thrive. And it’s going to be huge: 500 delegates will hear from 50 speakers in five conference tracks covering everything from technical talks to marketing and discovery. Come and meet the likes of Cyberpunk developer CD Projekt RED, UK games industry pioneer Sir Ian Livingstone CBE, Jagex Partners, Sega studios Sports Interactive and Creative Assembly, data giants Newzoo, blockchain-powered PC games storefront Robot Cache, mobile-turned-PC MOBA specialist Super Evil Megacorp and London-based indie games publisher Curve Digital. There are still more big-name speakers yet to come so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements. In the meantime, exclusive tickets for PC Connects London 2019 are available right here, with new indie tier prices available for as little as £80 + VAT.

Gloucestershire Gamestesters’

Our ongoing mission is to connect small games producers anywhere with young Gloucestershire people who want work experience in Games. If you have a game that needs testing contact Gloucestershiregamestesters@gmail.com

Force Of Habit

We participated in Ludum Dare 43 – a 48/72 hour game jam competition organised online – at the beginning of December. We created a spirit-shifting puzzle platformer titled Aetherspirit. It’s all of 5 minutes long, so perfect for a lunch break – playable here. You can check out the other entries here. Maybe see you at the next jam?
Also: Keep an eye out for Toast Time: Smash Up! on the Switch eShop over Xmas/New Year. A small celebratory discount will be applied. 🙂

Jobs & Opportunities

Auroch Digital

Auroch Digital is looking looking to add a QA Tester to our award-winning team for a 6+ month role.
We are looking for someone who is familiar with the basics of development and have a passion for making games.If this is you, or you know someone who would fit the bill – please visit aurochdigital.com/jobs or email jobs@aurochdigital.com with you CV and covering letter.ext

Events Diary

South West Megagames are running a ‘megagame’ called ‘Infinite Horizons,19th January 2019 at Frenchay Village Hall,Bristol,BS16 1NUMore info here

PC Connects, 21st/22nd January, London

For more information, visit event page.

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Bristol Games Hub Newsletter Nov 18

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Dates for Publishers Pitch Event,Anti-Socials info,latest from Pixel Trip Studio and Force of Habit.
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Bristol Games Hub Newsletter

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.

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, you can contact Sarah at info@bristolgameshub.com. The deadline for entries is 10th December.

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…

Games Hub News

Bristol Game Hub’s Publisher Pitch Event – 16th May 2019

Last year we hosted some publishers at the VR lab  (including Sony, Greenman Gaming, Square Enix and PQube) and developers got a chance to pitch their games to them. We’re aiming to follow up with another event on 16th May next year where we’ll have more publishers. We’ve had a few confirm attendance already and we’ll be asking more to attend too. As before we’ll be opening up slots for developers to pitch with. So this initial message is to give you a heads up that it’s coming. More will follow as we get into 2019,but we wanted to give you a date to aim for if you’re wanting to connect to publishers.

Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 19.30, Thursday 29th November, 2018

This month we have got: BYOG: Bring your own game!
Do you have a new game you want to show off or need some feedback on a work in progress? Join us for the last social of the year and make it festive! Free mince pies to the first 20 visitors.
Please email nils@largevisiblemachine.com and let him know what you want to show so we can make sure there’s space and machines to play on.

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, opposite the Canteen.

 

Dev Scene News

Auroch Digital

Auroch Digital have got a new Podcast called “How to make a game with
Auroch Digital /www.aurochdigital.com/podcast/>”. In it they go
under the hood of the gaming industry and each episode features a special
guests. You can find more information on their website
/www.aurochdigital.com/podcast/.

Pixel Trip Studios

Bristol based indies Pixel Trip Studios have released their first game, The
Videokid on XboxOne & Nintendo Switch. Its a colourful, fast paced homage
to the arcade classic Paperboy. In it you deliver pirated video tapes to
your customers, whilst performing tricks and combos on your trusty
skateboard. The Videokid will take the player on a journey back through
their 80s childhood as its also jam-packed with everyone’s favourite film,
TV & cartoon characters…
Kickflip over time-travelling doctors, ollie off the roof of a Dolorian or
grind on top of a radioactive alligator – all while trying to stay one step
ahead of the cops. Complete with a pulsating 8 bit soundtrack by Savant and
retro soundFX it’s sure to spark that warm feeling of nostalgia deep in
your bellies!

Available on XboxOne, Nintendo Switch and Steam now:

 

Force Of Habit

We have officially announced our second bread and breakfast-based title, Toast Time: Smash Up! exclusively for Nintendo Switch. This brings TERRY the toaster and the unique toast-driven recoil/reload action from 2013’s mobile release to the multiplayer brawler genre. Whether you’re ready to rumble, a gluten for punishment or just loafing around, there’s something in there for you. Intrigued?

Jobs & Opportunities

Auroch Digital

Hey all. We have got 2 openings. We’re looking for an experienced programmer and also a demo programmer, the latter being some one building demos of cool new ideas. Full details are here

Matter 2 Media

Looking for a 3D character modeller / artist from the games or film world. The project is for public engagement concerning mental health. Features a CGI character with dynamically (programmatic) assigned textures. Shortly applying for funding and putting a team together. Could this be you? tim@matter2media.com

Events Diary

Game Audio South West 19.00 Friday 23rd November at Chance and Counters Cafe

Game Audio South West meet up is coming up next Friday at Chance And Counters cafe – would love to see you there (£5 per person to play) for more info see link 

Anti-socials 19.30 Thursday 29th November at 77 Stokes Croft

BYOG: Bring your own game! See Next Games Hub Anti-Social for more info.

South West Megagames are running a ‘megagame’ called ‘Infinite Horizons,19th January 2019 at Frenchay Village Hall,Bristol,BS16 1NU

If you’re not familiar with megagames, they’re a large board game / RPG
hybrid event that takes place over a single day. The game has units and
maps but also role-playing elements and a lot of communicating and
negotiating with other teams.
Infinite Horizons is set in a new human colony on a far-flung world.
Various political, manufacturing, scientific and financial factions will
help shape the civic, industrial and political development of the colony
during its first few years.

There will be challenges to overcome and unexpected threats (both internal
and external) that must be dealt with. Meanwhile, the factions will be
trying to balance the interests of the colony itself with the needs of
their sponsors back on Earth.

PC Connects, 21st/22nd January, London.

Prepare for the coming PC revolution.From the makers of Pocket Gamer and PC Games Insider comes a two-day conference that will prepare you for the future. Everything you know about PC games development is wrong… or at least it soon will be. In 2019, the industry is going to change significantly. From assaults on Steam’s position to the rise of new subscription models and streaming cloud tech, the scene will soon see a revolution. On January 21st and 22nd, 2019, PC Connects London will shine a light on these trends and more. It will explain the realities of the current markets and offer essential strategies to survive and thrive. The event – taking place at the same time as Pocket Gamer Connects and Blockchain Gamer Connects – will bring together representatives from across the ecosystem, including the biggest players in the UK and from around the globe. 500 delegates will hear from 50 speakers in five conference tracks covering everything from technical talks to marketing and discovery. Moreover, PC Connects London is also the setting for the first PC Indie Pitch of 2019: you’re welcome to sign up your PC game!
For more information, visit the event page.
/www.pgconnects.com/london/pc-connects/>

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Bristol Games Hub October Newsletter

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Bristol Games Hub Newsletter

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.

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, you can contact Sarah at info@bristolgameshub.com. The deadline for entries is 10th November.

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…

Games Hub News

The regular developer’s board game night is back! See Events Diary for more details.

Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 25th October, 19.30

This month we will feature a “round table” discussion about developing for Nintendo Switch, featuring a panel of developers who have experience developing on the platform. So whether you’re already developing for Switch, looking to do so in the future, or are simply interested in the people who are, then bring along yourself and your best questions for an open and honest (as open and honest as NDAs will allow) conversation about creating games for everyone’s new favourite hand held/console hybrid (And probably try out the games, too!)

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, opposite the Canteen.

 

Dev Scene News

Auroch Digital

We’ve been busy releasing a game! Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is now live on Steam and we’re really proud of it. The game sees you take on the role of defeating Nazi terror and battle an immortal evil in a turn-based tactical strategy game set in the award-winning Achtung! Cthulhu universe. It’ll also be coming out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in the near future. Finally, we are at the very early stages of development in a brand new project, and we’d love your thoughts! It’s currently called Project: War Strider and we’d love to hear from you to help shape it’s direction. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated!

Ground Shatter

Ground Shatter is pleased to announce the Nintendo Switch edition of their high-rise platform brawler SkyScrappers. Developed in the Bristol Games Hub and featuring the incredible artwork of friend-of-the-hub Tom Waterhouse, the game features the complete package of single player story modes and 2-4 player couch multiplayer from the original game as well as a brand new arcade-inspired, vertical screen mode exclusive to Switch. The game will be available to pre-order on the Switch store from Monday October 15th, and released on Monday 29th. For more information visit.

Ndemic Creations

Ndemic Creations was recently honoured to welcome Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent to our office. His Royal Highness presented us with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious business award. We took lots of photos of the occasion, which you can check out on our social media channels and our blog.

Plague Inc. Mutation 16 spreads to Android:This month also saw Plague Inc.’s most recent ‘Royal Update’ – Mutation 16, come to Android, after launching on iOS and PC earlier in the year. Expect news of further infections across Plague Inc: Evolved on consoles soon!

Jobs & Opportunities

SGS College

SGS College,Filton, Bristol are looking for a Games Design Lecturer, see this link for more details.
The role requires some experience in game development, with some experience using Unreal Engine including blueprint scripting. Knowledge on Game Design Theory, UI/UX Design would be beneficial.

Fundamentally Games

We’re looking for a graduate/someone looking to break into the industry, to join us! Here are the Job spec.

Antimatter Games

Antimatter Games are seeking a Senior Gameplay Programmer. Come work with us in wonderful Cornwall!

Audience of the Future

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for research and development projects to create faster, more efficient immersing content. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Closes Wednesday 28 November 2018 12:00 – this can including gamic content. See site for more details.

Events Diary

Free games design sessions for girls 13+, 13.00 to 15.00 Saturday 13th, 20th, 27th October @ Acta Community Theatre.

Do you like-drawing/ writing stories/recording silly sounds/playing games/ sharing ideas…?
Come and have a go at designing your own games.

Games 4EU People Vote March 11.45 -14.45 Saturday 20th October at Serpentine Bar and Kitchen. London.

We will be joining the march in an attempt to help secure a final say on the Brexit deal for the general public and the video games industry.

Games Hub Anti-Social: 25th October, 19.30.
See games hub news.

 

Bristol Games Hub Board Game Night, Tuesday, 6th November, 2018 at 19.00 at the PM Studio

The regular developer’s board game night is back! Come play a game or bring an offering to tempt others to try! Free, but you do need a ticket

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