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Ukie Digest: Member News - January 2021

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Sociable Soccer is getting ready for the big league

Sociable Soccer 2020 has already been described by Pocket Gamer as "The Premier arcade football game on mobile".

Jon Hare's Tower Studios and Combo Breaker are crafting a new cross-platform football title that looks set to stay the distance, it will kick off the new year with the mother of all updates.

The latest Apple Arcade version features brand new goalkeeper and player AI, new animations, slicker than ever controls for touch and controllers, menu enhancements, improved clan play for over 900 clubs and 30,000 players updated in line with the latest real world transfers.

2021 looks like being a breakthrough year for the title with a big launch of the game on mobile in China set to precede a full scale assault on the console and PC market.

"Sociable Soccer is shaping up nicely," said Hare, "and for me it represents one last chance to win some silverware."

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Milky Tea Studios - HyperBrawl Tournament has launched

Milky Tea Studios have launched the ultimate game of brutal handball. HyperBrawl Tournament is a science fantasy, single-player and multiplayer arena-based tournament, assemble your team of intergalactic heroes and weapons and compete in challenging arenas where 1-4 players go head to head to become the champion of the Multiverse.

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Manchester Gamers Unite is looking for headliners for 2021

Gamers Unite is looking for studios to showcase at our 2021 events.

Housing some of the biggest AAA, AA and indie headliners and game industry brands in the United Kingdom, the UK's largest games industry party is looking for fresh new faces to join us for what we have planned next.

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Indie Developer Launches Kickstarter for their First Game

The crowdfunding campaign for The Silent Tombs launches on the 4th of January! The Silent Tombs is a procedurally generated, atmospheric puzzle game, with hints of action-roguelike, platforming, and psychological horror. Using a plethora of innovative gameplay mechanics, and an educational approach to history (involving authentic facts, culture, and an archive of knowledge for players to learn more about the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Gaelic heritage of the British Isles), The Silent Tombs is much more than a game. It’s a window into a fascinating history many people may not even be aware of. Partnering with Historic Environment Scotland (pending contract finalisation), which will allow Primordial Game Studios access to their protected historic sites and private collections (as well as other global organisations) they will be able to accurately portray history in games in ways that have not been done before.

Read more here.


London Games Festival 2021 Official Selection - Submission Form

London Games Festival will present its first ever official selection of games at the 2021 LGF, running Friday March 19 to Sunday March 28.

The call is now open to submit your upcoming title for consideration. We are looking for the great new titles that show off the art, impact and cultural relevance of video games and interactive entertainment, across a number of themed categories such as:

- Games Are Good For You

- Narrative Excellence

- Made in London

- International Innovators

(Games can be submitted independently of these categories; we are seeking applications from underrepresented groups regardless of the above potential criteria.)

All games submitted will be considered and if selected will be given a showcase feature spot at the digital games festival and included in our programming.

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Salary and Satisfaction Survey for 2020/21

This survey is designed to help the Games and Interactive industries gain deeper insight into salaries and satisfaction levels. Thank you for sharing your time and being a part of the 2021 report!

The survey is split into 3 sections:

Section 1 - Demographics and Job Information (5 minutes)

Section 2 - Job Satisfaction and The Industry (4 minutes)

Section 3 - Interest Pieces (1-2 minutes each)

The questions in Section 3 are split into sections on Neurodiversity, Interview Processes, Relocation and Education as we think these are all really important aspects of the industry!

If you have any questions at all regarding the survey, questions, or how we use the results, please get in touch with us on info@skillsearch.com and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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Ukie Member Exclusive Dell Discounts

At Dell Technologies, our purpose is to drive human progress, through greater access to better technology, for people with big ideas around the world.

Dell UK is proud to partner with Ukie to provide a range of discounts on selected IT and other benefits to your members.

These include:

  1. 10-20% discount off laptops, desktops and accessories
  2. Access to our highly trained Small Business Technology Advisors to help members with free advice to grow their business
  3. Dedicated account manager to work with your membership team

To receive a discount please email uksbassociations@dell.com.


Ukie Economic Survey

As part of our work to support and champion the Video Game Tax Relief, we recently launched a new survey gathering essential economic data about our sector. It’s just two short questions, and help us showcase the incredible strength of the UK games industry. The deadline for submissions is January 15th.

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Ukie Hub Crawl Registrations Open

The Ukie Hub Crawl is returning this month, this time completely online running each Wednesday from the 13th January through to March. This is a hugely successful annual activity that sees Ukie, and an array of experts, visit up to 15 key locations around the UK to support games businesses on a specific topic. Previous topics have included access to finance and raising profile. In 2021 the Hub Crawl will be entirely virtual. Taking place every Wednesday 4pm – 6pm, each event will start with an hour of short and informative talks followed by a panel of experts before using the networking platform Gather.Town for conversation and networking. Each talk will be a maximum of 15 minutes.

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