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Goodness gracious, it's August already. Fear not though chums for we shall face this together with our powerful devotion to the world of creating interactive electronic entertainment. So let's sharpen our styluses, shake the crumbs out of our keyboards and hit a new month square on in the chops with some glorious news from our magnificent local creative scene. But do shake the crumbs out of your keyboard, it's getting disgusting. LET'S NEWS!

Games Hub News

BGH Anti-Social
BGH Anti-Social (August 29th)
This month we are joined by Ashley Gwinnell from Force of Habit, who'll be giving his talk "All things ‘Game Feel’”.

If you've played any of Ash's games, you'll know that when it comes to game feel, he's one of the best in the business, so expect to hear all sorts about JUICING UP your game from one of the finest game feel proponents around.

As always, this event will be held on the last Thursday of the month (August 29th in this case) at 77 Stokes Croft on the 3rd Floor. The entrance is off Thomas Street, just up from the junction of Thomas St/Stokes Croft.

Dev Scene News

Auroch Digital
Steam is having a Board Game Sale and Auroch Digital has ten products on offer in it. So if you fancy fighting cultists in New York, being a big ol' tank or cruising around America in 2025 have a look at our deals and pick up a bargain.

The following games are in the sale:

Infinite State Games
The grizzled, battle scarred, fruit obsessed Team ISG have got themselves a publisher for their colourful pinball platformer "Family Tree". The game should be coming to Nintendo Switch consoles WORLDWIDE before the Summer is out. It also features Bristol grime artist 'Drapes' performing over chiptunes so that should confuse a few people.
Big up the EastAsiaSoft crew! Enjoy this rather whimsical gif of what's almost certainly going to be the fruitiest game of 2019. Perhaps ever. Apart from Bubble Bobble. And maybe Rainbow Islands.
HEY YOU! Do you have any exciting development news you'd like us to put in next month's newsletter? Get in touch - contact details down at the bottom...
Marioke (August 8th) - Hit B Baby One More Time!
The international smash-hit video games themed karaoke night is coming to the South West for the very first time, following sell-out shows at GamesCom, GDC, and a long running residency at London's Loading Bar.
For those of you who are unaware of the phenomenon that is Marioke, basically it's a karaoke night where all the songs have been rewritten to be about video games. It's fun, it's funny, it's inclusive (you don't have to sing, but you'll definitely want to by the end), and it's a flipping great night out.

So come and experience the event that the Games Hub's own Lukas Roper called "The Best Night Ever". More details and tickets available now from:

BE QUICK THOUGH, CHUMS! 8th August is not far away and it's gonna be a night to remember.
Greenshoots indie invest-o-rama

Greenshoots is Creative England’s investment initiative for independent game developers, run in partnership with Xbox.

This is a brilliant opportunity, offering repayable investments for projects which are focused on helping developers to overcome the hurdles of investment, marketing and discoverability, with investment of up to £100,000 per game development company.

The Guardian article on the latest round of Greenshoots is here. Investigate away, Bristol Indies! Great opportunity here for some help...

GI.Biz Investors Summit @ PAX

The Investment Summit returns for its second US show in a year.  If you happen to be at PAX (lucky you!) why not pop along and hear what these folk have to say on the matter of investing in your game.

Taking place on Wednesday, August 28th - during PAX Dev and just before PAX West - the Investment Summit at PAX is designed to connect independent game creators with investment firms and publishers.

Publishers, investors and platforms already signed up include Nintendo, Valve, Digital Extremes, Gearbox, Kowloon Nights, Fellow Traveller, Team17, MTG, Giant Games, Jagex, Nicalis, Versus Evil, Those Awesome Guys and many more to be announced.

More information is available here

Gamescom 2019

The world’s largest computer games trade show Gamescom is this month. From August 20 to August 24, 2019, numerous new game products and hardware innovations will be showcased at the Cologne trade fair.

From August 21 to August 25, Cologne will be transformed into a Mecca for gamers. At Gamescom, the trade show for interactive games and entertainment, exhibitors will be showcasing all novelties in the gaming sector. The latest computer and console games will be on display in the large ‘entertainment area’ . Visitors can test out the games even before their release.

355,000 visitors came to the cathedral city last year in order to experience the world's largest event for interactive entertainment live. Numerous international market leaders and well-known companies in the computer and video games industry show their new products at the Cologne fairgrounds. (Photo: Koelnmesse)

What does this mean for you lot?  Basically it's a great place to show your stuff off, network, and play some cool games.  Also check out the cathedral in Cologne because it's RAD.

Date: August 20 to 24
Place: Kölnmesse - trade fair (city map)
Hotels: Book an accommondation
Service: Eat and drink  - What to do

Interactive Storytelling and the Immersive Revolution

Storytelling is experiencing a revolution and—like with all communication revolutions in the past—the emergence of new immersive mediums like MR and VR can and will change the way stories are told. While classical linear storytelling structures have been explored for millennia, being able to successfully build a satisfying narrative around the actions and interactions of the audience is a new challenge area being faced today by many writers, designers and developers. 

In this Masterclass, Jed Ashforth from Realised Realities, former Immersive Experience Specialist at PlayStation, author of Sony’s VR best practice guidelines and one of the creators of PlayStation®VR, will explore the potential and pitfalls of interactive storytelling in 2019 and beyond, providing delegates with a deep understanding of the space and arming them with pragmatic techniques and approaches that can be used to successfully integrate audience choices and actions into your narratives. 

Date: 24th September
Course Length: 1-Day Course (8 hours including breaks)
Location: Ukie Office, 18a, Black bull Yard, 24-28 Hatton Wall, EC1N 8JH
Cost: Details of cost available on Ukie website. (Ukie member discount available)

Jobs & Opportunities

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
Wanted: Animation and Rigging Lecturer for Games

We are looking for someone with Animation and Rigging skills to teach on our University level Game Development and Game Art students.  The post is Part Time 10.6hrs per week including admin and prep time.  Full details are on the website.  Core software we are using is Maya and Unreal Engine 4.  
We are hoping to find some one to start in September and have teaching materials to help get them started if new to teaching.  Successful applicant would also be joining a team of people.

More information here on their website
Auroch Digital
Auroch Digital are looking for a programmer.  They're interested in applications from a range of abilities from junior to experienced, so this could either be a great job for an industry starter or a more experienced candidate.

Check out the jobs page here to apply
Sugar Creative
Sugar Creative are hiring a Unity Developer. A fantastic opportunity for an ambitious, talented individual with a love of emerging tech to join our growing team here in Cardiff.
A knowledge of Unity development and C# is key along with a keen eye for quality game and interface design. Any experience in AR, asset pipelines, and UX would also be advantageous.
You’ll will be involved in creating innovative and bespoke digital products over a diverse range of projects for both national and international clients.
If you think you would be a good addition to the team, send your details and portfolio links to

There is a job posting on our site here

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Who are we?

Bristol Games Hub is a non-profit space for games and play. We run this newsletter, host events, and also rent desk space at cost price with no strings attached so you can get on with creating amazing games. Contact for more information. 

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, you can contact Mike on The deadline for entries is 29th August.

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