Friday 22nd August 2014 - London, United Kingdom – Over 2,500 visitors came through this year’s official UK industry stand run by UK trade body Ukie.
Fifty-three UK companies exhibited this year on the UK industry stand at the biggest gamescom yet, generating a staggering £8m worth of actual business and £26m of potential business across the three days of the expo. More than 2,500 visitors flocked to the UK industry stand, including VIPs, key industry players from global development and publishing studios, as well as Susan Speller, the UK’s Consul General in Düsseldorf.
The businesses attending this year as part of the UK collective, all helped there by Ukie, were supported financially by UK government’s Trade and Investment department (UKTI) grants totalling £27,000. Ukie secured these grants for companies to make the cost of exhibiting low and in many cases, free.
Dr Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie said: “We are honoured to represent the UK games industry at key industry expos like gamescom as they give us a platform to shout loud and proud about our sector. This year, we smashed our targets and set another record for the amount of business generated by UK companies. With the tax relief scheme now officially open, the UK is an incredibly appealing place to invest, make and sell games. We were the best industry stand in this year’s business hall by a country mile and every year we get bigger and better. Bring on gamescom 2015.”
Susan Speller, HM Consul-General in Dusseldorf said “The UK games industry matters! UK games developers create innovative, inspiring, world leading content and contribute significantly to the UK economy. UKTI supports shows like gamescom that are tremendously important for the games industry and helps games developers and publishers to create new business. The work our partner Ukie has done over the past few years, increasing UK presence at gamescom on the UK industry stand from initially 10 to more than 53 companies and the impact and visibility this generated for the UK games industry is unrivalled.”
The UK industry stand, which this year sported a British seaside theme, played host to a variety of networking activities alongside the business meetings, including a drinks reception sponsored by Multiplay as well as a reception sponsored by the UKTI.
The stand also played host to the presentation of the UK Game of the Show award, sponsored by Liverpool-based business Atomicom, and presented by journalist and Chair of the judging panel Will Freeman. The award went to Team 17 and Mouldy Toof studio’s upcoming game “The Escapists”.
Game Journalist and UK Game of the Show judge, Will Freeman said “The standard of games considered for Ukie’s Game of the Show award at Gamescom 2014 was superb. The variety and scope – from triple-A through to micro studio and student indie projects – demonstrates how diverse, creative and original the UK games development sector is. With Gamescom bigger and more impressive than ever across the board, it was even more encouraging that UK-developed projects stood out as some of the best on display anywhere on the show floor."
Speaking about the award, MD of Team 17 Debbie Bestwick said “It is great to be working with Chris and helping him realise his vision. We are thrilled that his work has been recognized by such Industry Experts like Ukie. We are equally thrilled that since Gamescom, The Escapists has released on Steam Early Access and thousands of people are already enjoying this great game."
Founder of Mouldy Toof Studios and winner of the UK game of the show award, Chris Davis said “For a one man indie developer to have been acknowledge and awarded the UKIE Best of Show over some stiff competition is fantastic and it means a lot, not just for us but for indie devs everywhere. Team 17's support has allowed me to focus on what I do best; creating great games. It is an honour that this has been recognised and The Escapist has won such a great award."
Staff running the stand on site included, for the first time, four up and coming students from the Ukie Student Membership Scheme.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, or exhibiting at a discounted rate at Game Connection Paris 2014, GDC San Francisco 2015 or gamescom 2015, please email Sam@ukie.org.uk
Details of how to book can also be found here: http://ukie.org.uk/content/international-trade-shows
Images of the show can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ukie/173776486000797?sk=photos_stream