Ukie organises UK industry stands at major global games events - including Gamescom - to encourage international trade and investment opportunities. As well as offering great opportunities to meet with developers, investors and publishers from across the world, many of the trade events we attend receive funding to bring down the cost of attendance for UK developers - making it easier to do business. Contact the Ukie team for more information or to express interest about being featured at Gamescom 2022.Get in touch
The Ukie International Trade Programme enables UK games companies to establish meaningful partnerships with publishers, developers, service suppliers and investors from across the world.
The programme includes access to international trade shows, inbound and outbound trade missions, webinars and market data. The programme includes significant support at three major games trade shows – GDC (USA), gamescom (Germany) and China Joy (China). Ukie also helps games companies to secure Governmental grants to support their attendance at overseas trade shows.
In 2019, over 280 UK games businesses participated in an event within the Ukie International Trade Programme and secured export business wins of £94m and foreign direct investment of over £500m.
With overseas travel curtailed during the pandemic, Ukie pivoted all activities to virtual solutions and has run virtual trade missions with companies in China, USA, Japan, Russia and LATAM.
We are returning to physical participation at overseas shows in 2022. For more details on the International Trade Programme please contact email@example.com and look at https://ukie.org.uk/events on the Ukie website.
Ukie is the exclusive DIT accredited trade body for Games in the UK. DIT offers a series of resources to support your trade activities -
As well as supporting UK games companies with their aspirations overseas, Ukie also provides key services that enable games business to thrive and expand and reach UK partners. Through a partnership with Creative Enterprise, Ukie manages and delivers the industry gold standard Scale-Up and Accelerator programmes.
The Scale-Up, which Ukie runs in partnership with Creative UK, offers an unrivalled six-month programme for games businesses who have already released a small number of games but are ready for a sustained period of expansion and success.
The intensive programme gives the companies access to industry experts, mentors, workshops and events that will see them grow fast and strong. This programme is open to 15 companies per cohort per year.
The Accelerator programme supports 30 start up companies as they begin their journey in the sector. Irrespective of the individuals experience, this programme offers amazing support for new businesses as they look to secure their foothold in the market.
Additionally, Ukie delivers a raft of services to help games businesses grow in the UK including –
· A 1-2-1 introductory service to connect developers to funders, platforms, and publishers
· UK developer showcases (three times a year) events where 15 UK studios are invited to present and pitch their games to publishers, investors, and the media
· A series of business networking events and industry talks from experts – including the annual Hub Crawl tour of the major games clusters, In 2021 over 700 UK games companies attended a Hub Crawl event
· The video vault of previous industry talks, all recorded and curated into one repository and free to access
The GREAT Britain campaign is a government funded multimillion pound international marketing campaign which showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer in its creative industries. It is designed to encourage people to do business in the UK. Ukie secures the games images which are featured as part of the campaign.