The BFI Games Day at Futurelabs in association with GameMakers on the 3rd of November, was an opportunity for game creators from all over the country to meet and discuss some of the biggest issues in gaming right now. Futurelabs were very lucky to ask to host and offer facilities for game developers to network and showcase their work.
Throughout the day BFI lead panels on taxes, funding, diversity and the effects of Brexit on the industry. With so many games industry experts, BFI’s Anna Mansi was able to give a positive update on the gaming industry growth sharing the BFI’s Statistical Yearbook Report. The event then transitioned into talks from keynote speakers; Jamie Sefton from GamesRepublic and Simon Barratt of GameMakers. Jamie announced that GamesRepublic has been hard at work to bring Game Dev Day to Leeds with Creative England. Held right here at Futurelabs on the 24th of November, the day will bring all the fantastic game developers of the North together to discuss projects and collaborations. Simon Barratt has some additional news that caused a buzz in the room; GameMakers would be developing their own games hub at Futurelabs. Taking up the entire first floor of Futurelabs, this would be a dedicated space for game developers in the North.
The rest of the day was spent talking shop, with representatives from the HMRC, to discuss the new video game tax relief news. Alex Chapman and Anwen Griffiths, partners at Sheridans Law were also on hand to talk about finance in video games. As experts in financial structures in film and TV, the team had lots of useful information to share with the room.
As part of this brilliant event, we were given updates on projects from War Child, Creative England and Head Gear. All shared how they had been assisting the games industry with support and funding, along with reminders on how other developers could access support for their own games.
The afternoon was rounded out with talks on diversity in gaming, film & TV crossovers and finally the big one; Brexit. These panels lead to lively discussions talking about the game industry’s possible opportunities and challenges with leaving the EU. The day then ended with a gaming exhibition and drinks reception.
The Futurelabs team would like to thank all involved at BFI in making this event such a huge success. The games industry is a huge part of tech in Leeds and we cannot wait to welcome many more developers into our hub. Hopefully, we will see you all at the next BFI Games Day at Futurelabs.
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