We’re already coming to the end of April! This month seems to have flown by, but make sure you don’t miss the latest from the industry! 👇
📧 In an effort to make this newsletter better than ever, we’re rescheduling to deliver it to your mailbox every two weeks! If you’re missing us in your inbox in the meantime, come and say hi on our Discord!
Join UKIE's free session 'Next Level Indies' which aims to provide knowledge, discussion, and insight for indie developers and their studios who are looking towards future growth. After each session, there’ll be a chance to network, and share ideas with your peers.
UK Games Expo (UKGE) is the largest Hobby Games Convention in the UK - where all aspects of the tabletop gaming hobby are represented under one roof.
The event consists of 2 trade halls with hundreds of exhibitors showing, demonstrating, and selling tabletop games of all types including board games, roleplaying games, card games, miniatures, family games, and party games.
There are tournaments, seminars and workshops, and live entertainment shows.
The University of Sunderland is to host its first Gaming festival at the Prospect Building on St Peter's Campus.
The festival will be a chance to connect the community of Sunderland with the amazing work happening locally in the games industry.
Students will showcase their work, visitors will be able to see and play on exclusive footage of games currently in development, and local developers will be able to connect with the local community and upcoming stars in games development.
The University of Sunderland's Esports network will be hosting a tournament throughout the day. There will also be a raffle with prizes including games, and merchandise.
Developers and games artists from across the North East will take part in our festival, giving students and the public a chance to network and learn about our growing games industry. There will be a chance to speak to developers, see exclusive content and ask questions of the leading games industry experts.
Facebook Gaming has partnered with Code Coven for a second year to empower novice game developers!
Empowers and supports four teams to build mobile games that they are proud of.
Enables cohorts to learn meaningful skills and strategies for game development with a focus on empathetic, ethical, and cooperative perspectives.
Develop a toolbox of resources, community, and professional network.
Develop know-how for navigating job applications, demoing, and speaking at conferences, starting their studios, or seeking funding for projects.
The course runs from 13th June to 26th August 2022 and is open to under-represented groups within the industry who want to learn to code and aims to enable these early-stage game developers by providing the support they need to create and develop their games from end to end.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Facebook Gaming for the second time. The course enables those from marginalised communities to enter and be embraced within the gaming industry. The continued commitment from Facebook Gaming is invaluable to ensuring greater impact and change. We look forward to supporting our new set of cohorts to learn from some of the best and brightest in the industry.” - Tara Mustapha, Founder, and CEO at Code Coven
Are you an Esports, Gaming, or Social Media Entrepreneur?
Coutts has launched a business Accelerator programme to support UK entrepreneurs within the Interactive Entertainment sector. The six-month accelerator is taking place in June and aims to assist entrepreneurs in esports, gaming, social media, and or streaming.
The program intends to provide creators resources such as coaching, networking, and access to tools.
Welcome to our new section! In this section, we'll be featuring advice from industry professionals each week from a variety of different roles!
Networking is one possible way of getting to find an opportunity, but opportunities are much much more present at places where recruitment efforts are driven. Networking improves your chances of finding opportunities, but many students are inaptly prepared for job applications so they may find their efforts in networking do not yield the results they're expecting.
Be prepared for a job opportunity even before engaging in networking:
Prepare your CV and LinkedIn page (for CV templates, view recruiter websites for templates/advice).
Learn what kind of tests are required for your discipline, art and code will have tests - and be prepared for them.
Make a portfolio (if this applies to your discipline), get it reviewed by professionals at events e.g. EGX
Use recruiters, it's their job to get positions and a fair few companies will favourably review applications that come through via recruiters that have been pre-screened.
Practice interview techniques, and do mock interviews.
Regularly review job boards for companies that you'd want to work at, and apply for jobs through recruiters.
Ultimately, a lot of people you may meet at events may not be actively recruiting (or it is not their interest/role to recruit), even if they work for a given company. The best way to get hired is to be available where the companies are actively looking.
It's not uncommon that people will fail to get a job for being inaptly prepared rather than not having found the right job, right person, etc. Networking is a great tool, but I am of the opinion that most students wouldn't be ready for it or use it effectively enough for it to help them make that jump."
To celebrate May 4th, next week we’re challenging our Discord community to some industry standard briefs based on the franchise! We highly encourage all disciplines to get involved in creating some Star Wars inspired content, even if there isn’t a brief specifically for you, we’d love to see what you can create!
Not to mention, the winners of the challenges have the chance to win a 1-2-1 career advice session with an industry professional.
For inspiration, check out the winners of our previous design workouts:
Take a look at the amazing creatives in our Discord! We pick out a few people each week who have shared their work in our community to shout out about!
Here are some highlights:
🏎️ Stephen Drain from our Discord Community is looking for some level designers and graphic designers to help out with his driving game! If you’re interested in collaboration and building up those team working skills, make sure to check out the link!