Welsh Government Sponsor GDC Trip

The Welsh Government is running subsidised trips to next year’s Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, similar to the trade mission they ran this year. It’s open to Welsh companies, and although you need to pay just over £1000 towards it, it’s much, much cheaper – covers your accom + travel + GDC ticket + a bunch of other things.

Closing date to apply is in January, but registering your interest soon will help them a lot!

Details are here.

Those who went last year – there’s a GDC cut-off date on the 26th November to get cheaper Early Bird tickets because you went last year, so the sooner you talk to Welsh Gov, the better.

Pass it on!

Sessions #5: November 26th, 2014

  • Starting a Games Business – Ella Romanos
  • PR for Indie Games – Natalie Griffith

We’re holding this event in the cinema in The Atrium campus in Cardiff. Arrive from 6.00pm and the talks will begin at 6.30pm on the dot. Afterwards, we will be moving on to Porter’s for drinks and socializing.

When: At 6.30, Wednesday November 26th, 2014
Where: The Atrium, Adam Street, Cardiff CF10 2HA
How Much: Free!
Booking: Tickets available here

The Speakers

Ella Romanos began working in games in 2008, after graduating from university and setting up game developer Remode with fellow graduate Martin Darby. Ella was CEO of Remode for 6 years, building a studio of 20 people and creating games for clients including Sulake, Gamehouse, Spil Games and Wellcome Trust. In 2014, Ella, Martin and industry veteran Gareth Lewis founded Strike Gamelabs. Since then, Ella has also been providing strategic support to other developers and organisations, specializing in assistance with raising finance, starting up a studio and production processes.

As well as founding Explay Festival, Ella was also elected to the board of UKIE in 2013, where she chairs the developer sub-group. In 2011, she was awarded finalist in the ‘Innovator Of The Year’ category for Women In Technology Awards and named in Develop’s ‘Top 30 under 30.’ In 2012 she was a finalist in the TIGA Awards Leadership category and listed in MCV’s UK Top 100 Women in Games.

Natalie Griffith cut her gaming teeth on a Woolworth’s Pong clone and a friend’s ZX81, and went on to enjoy the combined delights of Jet Set Willy, Hungry Horace and 2-page type-in listings that then wouldn’t run. Fast-forward three decades and she’s still every bit as excited and enthralled by games and technology as she was at the start, and she can still remember the first time she completed Super Mario Land on the Game Boy.

A 20+ year games industry career has included design, journalism, business development strategy, corporate brand-building and product launches, as well as over 12 years of in-house and agency PR and marketing. Leading games publisher Codemasters, Official Nintendo Magazine Australia, UK independent developer Blitz Games Studios and highly-regarded games PR agency Lincoln Beasley have all given Natalie the privilege of combining a life-long passion with making a living, and with Press Space her goal is to bring it all back to the people who really make it happen – the developers.

Natalie is also proud to be an official industry Ambassador for gaming-for-the-disabled charity SpecialEffect, and a STEMnet Video Games Ambassador committed to encouraging young people into careers in games and technology.


Thanks to the University of South Wales for hosting us at the Atrium campus, and Creative Europe UK for helping us out with funding.

Upcoming events: Winter 2014 and beyond

With Halloween out the way and Christmas looming, here are a few events coming up in the winter months:

04/12/14: Inside a Game Engine Workshop, Swansea

Ian Thomas will be running a programmers workshop event in Swansea at the beginning of December. Inside a Game Engine aims to convert non-gaming programmers into games programmers:

“This workshop will introduce the concepts behind modern video game engines to people who already know the fundamentals of programming, and will then take the participants through the construction of a simple 3D game to demonstrate how to apply the concepts they’ve learned. It’s suitable for programmers familiar with the concepts of any modern language who want to learn how to code for games.”

Date: 4th December
Location: TechHub, Swansea SA1 1DP
Price: Free!
Tickets: Book Here

10/12/14: Christmas Quiz

Get your teams ready and start swotting up! The annual Christmas quiz will be taking place in the Urban Tap House on the 10th December, starting at 7.30pm.

23-25/01/15: Global Game Jam

We are also planning to run a game jam event as part of the Global Game Jam, which will be taking place 23-25th January, 2015. More details to come.

Meetup — October 2014 (Oculus Rift)

oculus-rift-inside_0We’re having an Oculus Rift night! A few companies are bringing along Rifts for people to try out; everyone’s heard of them but there are still quite a few devs who haven’t had a chance to play with them and see what they can do.

We already have a couple coming along, but if you or your company fancies bringing one, please let us know. You don’t have to have a game ready – existing commercial games and/or even the Rift sample environments would be fine.

Rifts from:

The details:
Wednesday 29th October 2014 at 7.30pm
upstairs in the Urban Tap House, 25 Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1DD.

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Meetup — September 2014

Our next get-together will be:

Wednesday 24th September 2014 at 7.30pm
upstairs in the Urban Tap House, 25 Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1DD.

If you’ve anything you’d like to show off or talk about – work-in-progress games, or games-related topics, or anything at all, really – let us know, and bring along a device that plugs into an HDMI cable and we’ll put it up on a big screen.

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