gamescom is over for another year

Sam, one of Ukie student volunteers, and a new friend at gamescom14

Ukie thanks exhibitors and visitors for a great gamescom14

Gamescom 2014 was, as usual a fantastic event, and we are currently scanning the feedback we received from our 53 games companies who were exhibiting on the Ukie gamescom stand this year. 

It is so valuable to be able to access these international trade expos for free, or very cheaply, and to have the extra promotion and marketing, branding and stand build looked after by someone else - Ukie! Make sure you check out our expos page to book for GameConnection Paris in October as well as GDC SF in March 2015 and you can even express an interest in exhibiting with us on an even bigger and better UK stand at gamescom 2015. All the details are here.

We are very grateful for all the companies who made the stand so awesome this year and who were part of making the UK stand out loud and confidently amongst other games nations - including Canada who took the neighbouring stand. 

Gamescom Game of the Show award 2014

Situated in the Business Hall, it really did show how proud we are and should be of not only our games sector heritage, but present and future. And talking of the future, on Thursday we presented the Game of the Show Award which was kindly sponsored by Atomicon this year. They made a one-off award called the Superlambanana... Ask Gary for the backstory! This was won by Mouldy Toof studios for their unreleased game The Escapists, and picked up on their behalf by Team17's Bethany Aston. Big thank you to Will Freeman who ably cat herded the judges and presented the award on the night. Watch out for his interview with Mouldy Toof on Develop. 

We are also very grateful for the UKTI team in Germany and South Korea for bringing visitors for meetings, and for sponsoring our reception on the Thursday evening. Thank you also to Multiplay who sponsored the drinks reception on Wednesday. Altogether we estimate we had more than 600 people at the two receptions and it was fantastic to see an enormous amount of networking happening.

A big thank you also goes out to our other sponsors: Unity, Global Step, Amiqus and OnLive. We always appreciate your support and there are lots more sponsorship opportunities coming up. 

Richie with our student volunteersFinally, a MASSIVE thank you goes to my team who are exhausted: Alexa, our Events Manager, who sadly could not make it but did all the magic in the run up over the last year and made it happen; to Richie our PR and Community officer who managed the set up and our student volunteers; to Sam, our Head of Commercial and Membership, whose calmness, his care, and his steady hand made everything run smoothly; to Regis, our new Research Analyst, who had a baptism of fire and was ever the gentleman; and finally to our four amazing volunteers from our Student Membership Scheme - Sam, Paul, Robin and Ricky - who were tireless and without whom we definitely could not have made it happen.

Thank you all and see you next year!