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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 students looking for a career in the gaming industry to network with local games companies as well as to learn about the latest innovations from key note speakers and a panel of industry experts.

G3 Futures 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.”

Last year’s event was a huge success – 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.

G3 Futures 2016

This year’s event will comprise of 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.  Dr John Collomosse of the University’s Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) is keen to encourage local developers to come along, “Last year we began conversations about collaboration with the industry and ourselves, and since then we have also run events with our students who are all keen to find out more about the industry. There is huge scope for Guildford to really extend and expand its games footprint and this event is hopefully driving that.”

 

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 excited by the latest G3 Futures event and delighted to be maintaining our support to help galvanise the local gaming community.”

 

Dr Jo Twist, CEO of UKIE commented, “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.”

To see the full programme for the G3 Futures event on 29 June. Places are limited so please ensure you register your interest to attend, please visit. http://guildford-games.com/events/guildford-games-2016/

For further information, please contact Virginia.cook@crsblaw.com or e.james@surrey.ac.uk