Charlotte Hanbury in Games

08/09/2015

Early Bird Rates Available For Games Funding: Forum

Book your place at the GamesFunding: Forum before Wednesday Sepetmber 9th and take advantage of an early-bird discount. Tickets can be found here.

The early bird rate of £95 plus VAT for Games Funding:Forum – a half day conference and networking event taking place on Thursday 15 October at Rich Mix, Shoreditch – ends at 23:59 on Wednesday 9 September.

The conference, in its second year, will focus on the ever changing world of funding within the games development industry and how best to access funds. The event will offer delegates practical advice from expert speakers on where to find and how to access new and existing funding options, offer funding case studies from developers who have successfully secured finance, information on alternative funding options and the pros and cons of different approaches. 

Throughout the conference and at drinks afterwards, there will be the opportunity for developers and investors to meet and network. In addition to the conference, ten yet to be published indie games will be on display showcasing the very latest British talent in search of funding.

Sessions already confirmed included:

Creative England: Up to 50k Funding for your 2016 Game
Jaspal Sohal, Head of Games, Creative England 

Creative England launched their first Game Support Programme in 2013 and since then have gone on to become one of the largest public investors in the industry, investing over £1.5 million into 40+ game companies. Working with Microsoft, SCEE, Disney Interactive and several Publishers, we’ve helped launch over 30 new Game IP in the past 24 months, with many more in the pipeline. For 2015/16, the Creative England Games Team will be increasing the level of funds available to invest in the Games Industry and we’re looking for Game Developers who are seeking investment from £25k to £100k. Creative England Head of Games, Jaspal Sohal, will showcase some of the teams and projects that have already been successfully supported through the GamesLab programme – and outline exactly how ambitious, talented indie studios can apply for funding available right now. 

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Delegates will leave with an understanding of the funding and business support that Creative England can offer indie games studios in England and how best to apply for investment.

Game Dev’s Guide to Funding Sources in the UK
Ella Romanos, Strike Gamelabs & Ella Romanos Ltd 

This session will kick off the conference by providing a comprehensive overview of the different types of funding available, the state of funding for UK developers, and discuss the pros and cons of the different approaches. 

Adventures in Funding
Dr. David Lau-Kee, London Venture Partners  

Developer Ella Romanos will conduct an informative discussion with industry veteran Dr. David Lau-Kee who will share what he’s looking for from developers, some of developers biggest mistakes and what he sees for the future of industry.  He’ll also give some candid insight on how VC funding works that might help developers get their future projects funded.

“Soup to Nuts” A Funding Model
Mike Hayes, Mercia Technologies  

Mercia Technologies has invested in numerous digital entertainment ventures over the past two years with a unique model. This approach will be explained and supported with case studies including VR specialist nDreams; multi-platform developer Soccer Manager; PC specialist Edge Case Games and trading cards company VirtTrade.

Filling the Gap – Financing Tips from the UK Film Industry 
Jonny Kane, Iglu Media  

This session is focussed on how games developers can use some of the tips and tricks that the independent film industry has been using for years to help raise project financing.

Andy Lane, Managing Director at Tandem Events said:

“Over the last year since the last Games Funding:Forum, there has been a significant growth in independent studios and self published games in need of funding.

“With a number of funding options available, this conference not only gives delegates the opportunity to get up to speed with different models, but they also have the chance to network with investors on the same day.”

Early bird passes bought on or before 9 September cost just £95 plus VAT. Full rate passes cost £150 plus VAT. 

For more information on Games Funding Forum or the programme visit the GamesFunding: Forum website.


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