Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – London, United Kingdom
UK games industry trade body Ukie have taken more than thirty five UK companies to this year’s GDC San Francisco to showcase the best of British games talent at the show. The exhibiting businesses will demo their games and products on the official UK industry stand, giving them discounted and easy exhibitor space and marketing support at the expo.
The UK industry stand highlights include:
- UKTI-hosted hospitality area for exhibitors and guests including catering and refreshments all day sponsored by Unity, Wired Productions and Marmalade.
- National area exhibition spaces with delegations from Wales and Northern Ireland
- A UK VIP Drinks reception hosted by UKTI & Ukie and sponsored by Multiplay, GameBench and The Next Gen Skills Academy.
- One to one sessions for UK businesses to meet platforms and overseas publishers running throughout the conference.
Ukie is UKTI’s official accredited trade body for GDC and other trade events such as GameConnection Paris, and gamescom in Cologne. Despite reduced government funding this year, Ukie has saved games businesses who are attending GDC SF this year over £25,000 by securing grants from UKTI.
Ukie CEO, Dr Jo Twist said “GDC is such an important event in developers’ calendars and we’re delighted have 35 UK companies doing business and showcasing their amazing work on the official UK stand.”
“Shows like GDC help give the UK industry a crucial platform to help attract investment, promote the industry and generate business for UK companies. With the introduction of the tax breaks last year, there has never been a better time to make games in the UK and we are proud to be flying the flag with some Great British talent.”
The UK stand can be found in Moscone Centre South Hall number #1916 on the expo floor. A full list of businesses on the UK stand can be found below:
- Billy Goat Entertainment
- Celtic Productions
- Centroid 3D
- Cubic Motion
- Fat Pebble
- Freedman International
- Green Man Gaming
- Iglu Media
- Italic Pig
- Marshmallow Entertainment
- Milky Tea
- Next Gen Skills Academy
- Northern Ireland Screen
- Pineapple Software
- Playground Games
- Quick Hands Ltd
- Rantmedia Games
- Stafford Bawler
- Sugar Creative Studio
- Troll Inc
- UKTI San Francisco
- Vi-Ability Educational Programme
- Wales Interactive
- Welsh Creative Industries
- West Coast Software Ltd
- Winged Monkeys
- YoYo Games
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The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or Ukie (pronounced YOU-KEY) is a trade body that aims to support, grow and promote the whole of the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 2010 (although formerly known as ELSPA), Ukie’s membership includes all the major UK and global games publishers and the best of UK development talent - from promising start-ups to some of the biggest, most successful studios operating in the UK today.
Ukie works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, access to finance and protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers, regulators and consumers.
Some of the campaigns Ukie has been working on include the next gen skills campaign which pushed for computer science to be put back onto the national curriculum, Askaboutgames.com - a website where families can learn about playing games safely and sensibly and Ukie Student Membership which bridges the gap between education and industry for students leaving higher education.