« Back to News

The Ukie Hub Crawl is back. And this time, it's virtual

2021 will see us kick off the annual Ukie Hub Crawl. This is a hugely successful annual activity that normally 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.

In 2021, the event going virtual gives us an amazing opportunity to deliver 12 different and unique events in the Hub Crawl. And given this flexibility, we are going to be ambitious and cover the entire life cycle of a games business; from incorporation, growing a team, middleware, running the studio, pitching to funders, getting PR exposure – right through to eventually exiting a business. 

Each Wednesday will see up to three different expert industry speakers give talks on that week's respective theme, followed by a panel of studios sharing their experiences. After each session, there’ll be a chance to network and share ideas with your peers in our virtual office space on Gather Town

These are free events open to anyone involved in the games industry. Please feel free to invite your colleagues, friends, and associates. With special thanks to our sponsors Barclays, AmazonSugar, Menzies, Wiggin & Intorqa

Make sure you're signed up for our newsletter to be more informed on upcoming Hub Crawl dates.

Below is a list of Hub Crawl dates: 

13th January - Starting Up & Business Basics - COMPLETED (Link to videos)

20th January - Building Your Brand - COMPLETED (Link to videos)

27th February - Talent & Recruitment - COMPLETED (Link to videos)

03rd February - Essential Tech  - COMPLETED (Link to videos)

10th February - Managing Workloads - COMPLETED (Link to videos)

17th February - Building For Your Players - COMPLETED (Link to videos)

24th February - Getting Investment Ready - COMPLETED (Link to videos)

03rd March - Raising Your Profile - COMPLETED (Link to videos)

10th March - Going Global

17th March - The Policy of Games 

24th March - Looking After Your Workforce

31st March - Selling Your Business

Lead Partner

At Barclays, we’re playing our part to help the UK Games Industry grow and develop.

We see the positive impact that games can have in bringing communities together, inspiring creativity and building an environment to learn.

That’s why we…

• Offer innovative products designed for developers including our tax credit loan

• Support businesses to connect, innovate and grow with our Eagle Labs network

• Partner with games and esports industry leaders

• Help games developers at all levels from grassroots up

Website https://labs.uk.barclays/gamestech

Other Partners

Sugar is a financing platform for the digital economy, created to provide capital to game studios with exciting growth ambitions. Our range of flexible loans and products can significantly boost a studio's growth without taking any equity away from the founders. If you are looking for ways to finance your business and scale up quickly, then just add Sugar. 

Check out our website

Amazon Game Tech brings together solutions from across Amazon, for every stage in your game's lifecycle. Whether you're building a game, deploying servers, or trying to reach more customers, we’re here to help you succeed.

Whether you're looking for compute power, database storage, content delivery, or other functionality, AWS has the services to help you build sophisticated applications with increased flexibility, scalability and reliability.

Check out our website.

Our specialists predict the legal challenges that arise from the wealth of new ideas and technologies that the digital world is constantly creating.

From Hollywood studios to early-stage tech businesses, games developers to leading brands, we understand our clients’ needs and give informed advice. We don’t just tell you the risks – we give our opinion in a jargon-free, real-world context, so you have the freedom to do what you do best, creatively and commercially.

Check out our website.

Menzies LLP is an accountancy firm delivering traditional accounting services combined with strategic commercial thinking. Our services include tax, audit, business recovery as well as business & financial advisory services proven to add value and help your business to grow.

Specialising in eight core UK and international business sectors, Menzies’ local accountancy and business advisory offices in London, Surrey, Hampshire and Cardiff, all offer our #BrighterThinking approach. 

Check out our website.

Introducing Intorqa. A new way to beat cheating in video gaming. 

Through automated 24/7 monitoring of the web, dark web, and social media, we uncover, analyse, and evaluate hacking and fraud activity at the source as early as possible. This foresight means activity is stopped before impacting the game.

Check out our website.