International Trade Activities

Ukie is here to support the trade activities of its members and the wider games community. This includes supporting businesses with market knowledge and access to international markets. Here is a summary of some of the current and forthcoming opportunities to develop your trade and investment activities.

International trade shows

Ukie organises UK industry stands at major global games events to encourage international trade and investment opportunities. Many events are supported with grants for companies choosing to exhibit and showcase their games, including Gamescom Cologne and GDC San Francisco. Upcoming trade shows include:

gamescom 2019 - only a few tables left

20 - 22 August 2019 - Cologne, Germany (Business area)

Stand location: Hall 3.2 Stand C020-E039

As always, Ukie will be managing the UK industry stand in the business area @ gamescom 2019, and due to demand we have expanded the UK stand once more, from 700sqm to 1000sqm.

Our theme will be 30 Years of Play to support the ambitious year-long Ukie campaign promoting the history and impact of the UK games sector.

Our stand will be centrally located in business hall 3.2. Our bar area will be back again this year and we will host networking drinks on the stand every night.

As always we have excellent exhibiting, sponsorship, branding and marketing opportunities, available for all UK companies.  There are a variety of packages available including private meeting rooms, dedicated tables and demonstration stations.  Please note that 18 certificate content can only be shown in private meeting rooms or on meeting tables – NOT on the demo stations (gamescom rules)

DiT grants are available for this event.

Ukie will take care of all aspects of stand management (design, build, furniture, marketing) and will have an experienced team on hand to run the stand and the reception area. All our exhibitors will need to do is turn up with their schedules and get to work!

View details here


March 2020 - San Francisco, USA - Booth # 

The UK Industry stand is an integral part of GDC in San Francisco, the leading games trade show for the games sector. The UK stand is at the epicentre of the South Hall expo space - the ONLY place to be at GDC - and a magnet for international publishers, investors and developers.

Our exhibitor packages offer flexible solutions and come complete with marketing support to ensure you are noticed. The Ukie team manage the stand meaning our exhibitors just need to turn up with their meeting schedules and get to work!

View the packages and book your space here



July 2018 - Shanghai, China

Ukie will lead a comprehensive trade mission to China Joy, the leading trade show in Asia. The mission includes a scheduled series of 1-2-1 meetings with leading Chinese games companies, visits to local studios, networking dinners and presentation slots at games networkking events.

Contact us to register your interest


Trade missions

Ukie organises trade missions to emerging markets in conjunction with DIT. We use DIT staff in post to support networking and market access. Our most recent missions were China Joy in Shanghai and G Star in Korea.

Trade Mission Tips 

Effective communication is essential to the success of any business venture. But more than just the language spoken, it’s how the message is conveyed that’s important. Our partner have created an easy to use Q&A guide on cultural tips when visiting China. This can be found here.

Department for International Trade support

Department for International Trade

Ukie is the exclusive DIT accredited trade body for our sector. DIT offers a series of resources to support your trade activities. These include;

View a summary of all DIT trade activities

Talk to a DIT Export adviser

Get support from a specialist regional international trade advisor

Export finance and insurance

UK Export Finance is the UK’s official export credit agency.  It helps UK exporters by ‘underwriting’ bank loans offered to overseas buyers of UK products and services.

Find out more UK Export Finance products and services.

Accessing business opportunities

DIT publishes a large number of creative business opportunities every month. Sign up to receive free regular business opportunity alerts.

Export Marketing Research Scheme

This scheme gives your company free independent advice on how to carry out marketing research. It can also provide financial support for your marketing research project in certain circumstances. Click here for information.


GREAT campaign: Flying the flag for the UK


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 creative industries. It is designed to encourage people to do business in the UK. We look after the games images which are featured as part of the campaign. 

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As well as being a hassle free solution there are also cost savings for early bird booking and for members. Additionally we have a small number of DIT funded exhibitor grants, worth £1,500. The terms and conditions are attached to this email and have changed slightly this year so please make sure you are eligible before applying. Grants are reserved with a booking form and grant application form on a first come basis.