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, GDC San Francisco and China Joy.

Our next show is GDC San Francisco, 18 - 20 March 2020

Ukie will be managing a UK industry stand at GDC 2020 in San Francisco to showcase the amazing work of games companies in the UK and to connect them to potential partners.

Key facts about the UK stand

  • The UK stand is right at the epicentre of the main hall located next to Google, Microsoft and SONY – so there will be plenty of traffic
  • Business wins of £21m were achieved last year - this space works!
  • Flexible packages are available including dedicated tables, demo stations and meeting rooms
  • Check out the early bird rates, member discounts and opportunity to apply for a DIT TAP grant worth £2,000 to lower the cost of exhibiting

The UK drinks reception will be on Wednesday 18 March.

Booking forms are available on the Ukie website. For more information contact

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.