The Big Top and Games Wales presents Level Up! – Our usual end of the month Cardiff meetup in October isn’t happening. Instead, we’re doing a special event on Thursday 20th. We’ve teamed up with new venue Big Top & 10 Feet Tall, to provide a night of music and Games! On the ground floor we’ll be providing a retro gaming area, the mezzanine floor will have Deceptive Games, Blind Sky Studios, DoJo Arcade and teams from Tranzfuser showing off their games, and the top floor will feature chiptunes and music from Alone, Byzanite (DJ), Atomic Supermen & Do Not Run With Pixels.
UKIE Games Map – Earlier in the month UKIE launched their Games Map https://gamesmap.uk/ (we think they may have pinched the idea from our website!), which gives details of the games companies and courses around the UK. If you aren’t on the map and want to add your company you can do it here: https://gamesmap.uk/#/addCompany
Games Wales got a mention in the recent update about the map: http://ukie.org.uk/news/2016/10/uk-games-map-over-2000-active-uk-games-companies
[October 26-29th] GameCity in Nottingham – We know this is a little further away than usual, but Open GameCity is offering free spaces for developers to show off their games at the GameCity Festival. Keep an eye on their website for more details soon: http://gamecity.org/festival/
[November 25th] Creative Pathways – The Creative Pathways event organised by Careers Wales will take place at The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay on Friday 25th November from 10:30am-2:30pm. It is for Key stage 4 & 5 school pupils (14-18 year old) and Further Education college students taking creative subjects from Cardiff, The Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and RCT areas. They are keen to have as many creative industry job types represented as they can; with employers and training providers having tables. They also have the opportunity of putting on demonstrations/workshops and have a small 30 seated area where employers can do this throughout the day.
If you’re interested please contact Adrian Cole at email@example.com
[November 26th-27th] Pembroke Dock Game Jam –The aim of the PD Game Jam is to bring together game developers, computing students and enthusiasts in Pembroke Dock. By working in a safe but fast paced environment the PD Game Jam supports the participants through mentoring, mutual assistance and encouragement to create computer games within a short time frame.
More info at http://fb.me/pdgamejam
Welsh Government and Gamescom [18th to 21st August] – Welsh Government plan to take a Trade Mission to attend the Game Developers Conference in the Moscone Center, San Francisco that will take place between 27 February – 3 March. The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the largest annual gathering of professional video game developers, focusing on learning, inspiration, and networking which received some 27,000 game industry professionals over the duration of the conference this year. The event includes an expo, networking events, awards shows such as the Independent Games Festival and the Game Developers Choice Awards, and a variety of tutorials, lectures, and roundtables by industry professionals on game-related topics covering programming, design, audio, production, business and management, and visual arts. Welsh Government Trade Missions offer a financial subsidy of 50% towards economy flights, bed and breakfast accommodation and has the added benefit of travelling together as a group with other Welsh-based gaming companies. The mission will also be attended by a Welsh Government official. For more information please email
For more information please email Kathryn.Wolfe@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Pinewood Studios South Wales are planning to bring a number of games-related services to Wales including motion capture and photogrammetry scanning, and are interested in offering games companies office space. They also have a media investment budget, and are looking to invest in games projects.
- Quantum Soup are looking for a rigger/animator with a particular enthusiasm for facial anim and mocap. Working from home as part of a small indie team. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- West Coast Software are developing Computer Games and Games related Software and are looking for games designers. Contact email@example.com