The Ukie Hub Crawl returns for a hybrid series of events

The Ukie Hub Crawl is back! Join fellow games developers and publishers and identify new opportunities and strategies to support the growth of your business. The 12-date series will commence from Tuesday 18th January with 8 virtual events taking place. With one event a week and with fresh speakers every time, this should become a key part of your weekly schedule.

Hub Crawl 22 will feature an array of expert speakers sharing their insight around key issues including the latest technology, staff recruitment and retention, access to finance and reaching your all-important consumers.

All events within Hub Crawl 22 are free to attend thanks to its amazing partners Barclays Bank (lead partner) and Amazon (event partner).

Virtual events dates and themes:

  1. Tuesday 18th January – Games staff of the future; how and where to recruit the best talent for your games company.
  2. Tuesday 25th January – Retaining your team for the long term; how to develop and support your employees.
  3. Tuesday 1st February – New technology for games; what technology is helping to shape the future of the games industry, and how.
  4. Tuesday 8th February – Finance for growth; how games companies can access external finance for business expansion.
  5. Tuesday 15th February – The what and how for Blockchain and NFT for the games industry.
  6. Tuesday 22nd February – Reaching and building a relationship with consumers.
  7. Tuesday 1st March – The latest trends in data analytics in games.
  8. Tuesday 8th March – The future of esports; how and why will esports shape the games industry.

In April Hub Crawl 22 goes on the road with visits planned to key games hubs around the UK.

Physical events dates (Themes TBC):

  1. Tuesday 5th April
  2. Tuesday 12th April
  3. Tuesday 19th April
  4. Tuesday 26th April

For more information, please click here.

Platform @ The Pixel Mill is open for applications

Platform is a business accelerator programme for video game companies in Northern Ireland aimed at supporting companies to self-publish a new game based on an original IP within 12 months.

Working out of The Pixel Mill based at the Ormeau Baths in Belfast, companies will have access to facilities, mentors, training and funding as well as the opportunity to attend markets to build their business network and meet consumers.

Northern Ireland Screen is inviting applications from companies to take part with support for up to 3 successful companies to develop their business and build their teams. As part of Platform companies will receive:

  • Up to 3 teams
  • Up to £60,000 in development funding per company
  • Up to 12 Months Office Space and access to mentors
  • Market Attendance – Gamescom and EGX

For further information please click here.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 11th February 2022.

Federation of Small Businesses Workshop

The Pixel Mill will be hosting an online talk with Graeme Weir from the Federation of Small Businesses on Thursday 20th January at 2pm. The talk will cover the Federation of Small Business (FSB) and how it supports small companies and sole traders/self-employed.   

FSB is a member-led, not-for-profit, organisation which represents small firms and the self-employed to UK, national and local government. FSB offers its members a range of benefits, such as a 24-hour legal advice line and free business banking.  

The talk will be held online. If you would like to attend, email to sign-up.