Surrey Gaming Companies Invited to G3 Event to Galvanise Guildford Games Industry
Following on from the success of last year’s event, a second G3 Futures Event, aimed at galvanising the Guildford-based games industry, is taking place at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre on 29 June from 5.00pm. Free to attend, this will provide an opportunity for local gaming companies to network as well as to learn about the latest innovations from key note speakers and a panel of industry experts. The G3 Event is being organised by The University of Surrey, UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment trade body) and South East technology law specialist Charles Russell Speechlys. All three organisations are committed to supporting the local gaming industry, helping Guildford to maintain its reputation as a major technology and games hub, often referred to as “the Hollywood of the games industry.”
The G3 Futures Event
At the G3 Futures event, there will be a key note speech as well as short presentations from regional developers and publishers about key topics including Virtual Reality and Immersive Content. Delegates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to other attendees and there will be a panel discussion, followed by a BBQ for all delegates. The University of Surrey will host an Expo, showcasing its latest R&D including 5G mobile, spatial audio and performance capture as well as relevant degree programmes.
Building on Last Year’s Success
Last year’s G3 Futures event was the first time that over one hundred and sixty Guildford-based games developers, representatives from local gaming studios and academics from the University of Surrey gathered together to discuss opportunities to collaborate, share issues and strengthen the renowned Guildford-based gaming community. A survey after the event revealed that 50% of delegates believed that collaborating with the wider technology industry was key to maintaining the Guildford-based gaming community and that 41% believed that other businesses such as technology companies or suppliers need to do more to protect and support the industry locally.
Dr Malcolm Parry, Director of Surrey Research Park, owned by the University and home to a number of local games organisations, commented, “Guildford has become internationally known for the quality and depth of games development. The University of Surrey, Surrey Research Park and professional companies such as Charles Russell Speechlys recognise the importance of nurturing the Guildford gaming community and we are keen to encourage links between local organisations which will help this highly prestigious hub to thrive.
“Last year’s G3 Futures event was invaluable for forging links between local games developers, local organisations, UKIE and the University of Surrey. I am confident that this year’s event will be equally productive and informative.”
Dr Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie, said, “Guildford has a fantastic reputation for creating internationally recognised content from both small innovative studios and large globally renowned games companies. Ukie has many members in the Guildford games community and we are proud to be supporting the G3 event to celebrate their work, promote the expertise of the Guildford hub and encourage links between games businesses and other local enterprises.”
Nick Hurley, Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys and Co-Host of the G3 Futures event added, “Guildford has a proliferation of gaming studios and independent developers who have made games enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. It’s important that we value the contribution this makes to our economy and support the local gaming community. As a valued advisor with a proven track record in the computer games sector, we are delighted to be playing a key role in organising the G3 Futures event".