NI Game Dev Digest – June 2021

Hello everyone!

So May is finished already…what a month! We just wrapped up our first-ever NIGD Spring Festival and it was a blast! If you missed our fireside chat with Alanna Linayre and Johnny Cullen, you can still watch it over at PlayDiaries.

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June Community Spotlight – Conor Bradley, Soft Leaf Studios

This month we caught up with Conor Bradley, founder and director of Belfast-based indie studio Soft Leaf Studios. He talks about his thoughts on the Northern Irish games industry as well as his current project which has game accessibility at the forefront of its design!

Check out Community Spotlight on the NI Game Dev Network Blog to learn all about Conor and his work at Soft Leaf Studios!

NIGDN Community Events

Here are the NIGDN events we currently have scheduled for this month:

NI Game Devs Lean Coffee – Weekly on Thursdays, 10am

Launched as part of our Spring Festival, Lean Coffee will be back by popular demand each Thursday at 10am! This is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. Hosted by Leela from Run.Design, NIGD Lean Coffee is a weekly hour-long opportunity to meet new people, ask questions, and discuss all aspects of game development and the industry in a safe space. More details in the discord.

Friday Night Hangout – TBC

Our monthly Discord Friday Night Hangout is an opportunity for the community to gather together after a long week of work with a few games and a wee chat. It’s a great way to chill out with the community in a more casual setting. 

Indie bundle for Palestinian Aid

Game developers are showing their support for Palestine through the upcoming Indie Bundle for Palestinian aid. The bundle has already collected over 700 games, and is still open for submission. 

“All profit from this bundle will be donated to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The UNRWA has provided food assistance for over one million Palestinians, and continues to do so in the territories with heavy destruction. They also provide emergency mental and physical health protection for those in the region.”

The fundraising effort began in response to the recent 11 days of Israeli rocket attacks on Gaza which left 253 Palestinians dead, 28,000 injured, and as many as 58,000 displaced. In order to join the bundle, simply reply to this thread with the URLs to the projects you’d like to submit!

UK Global Screen Fund Applications Now Open

Are you creating narrative games? Do you have plans for international expansion? And could you put together a solid business plan with the aim of securing up to £200k of funding?

The UK Global Screen Fund, which is administered by the BFI, has opened up for applications from games businesses who meet that criteria through its International Business Development funding strand.

If you’d like to look into applying, check out the details at the BFI website. Applications will close in July so make sure to get planning now. 

The winner takes it all: Northern Ireland’s booming video game industry

With video game sales booming around the world, Pavel Barter takes a look at our local industry, and the ability to maintain a career in game development while remaining in NI.

The article published by The Belfast Telegraph a few days ago highlights the opportunities available via NI Screen/The Pixel Mill, and features some of our Northern Ireland-based studios such as Hypixel Studios, Blackstaff Games, BillyGoat Entertainment, Whitepot Studios, Italic Pig, Boom Clap Play, Taunt Studios and Level 91 Entertainment!

Game Dev Day Canada – 8th June 

Game Dev Day Canada gathers developers from Canada to showcase their projects and meet distributors, publishers, and investors. The event also includes super focused talks to be held by the experts of the industry. Participants will also be able to meet each other personally using the meeting system with in-built chats and video calls and participation is free!

The PC/Console Game Developer Day Canada will take place on the WN Hub – the game industry communication platform that unites over 25,000 professionals.

Galway Game Jam 17, Virtual Jam – 12th & 19th June

This year’s Galway Game Jam will be a virtual gamejam event split over two weekends in June. Assistance will be provided to ensure everyone can get up and running for the event. Theme announcement will happen on their Discord server at 10:00am Saturday June 12th. Details and tickets available here.

E3 – 12-15th June

E3 2021 is embracing the future and showcasing the video game industry with an all-virtual event that will engage everyone, everywhere. With live press conferences and a four-day long video stream, E3 2021’s virtual format gives you unprecedented access to the premier video game industry event. 

Steam Next Fest – 16th-22nd June

Steam Next Fest (previously known as the Steam Game Festival) returns this month! It’s a multi-day celebration where fans can try out demos, chat with developers, watch live streams, and learn about upcoming games on Steam.

Indigo – 25th June

INDIGO is the leading game business and showcase event in the Netherlands. organized annually by Dutch Game Garden. Find your perfect business partner through MeetToMatch with dozens of established publishers and investors participating. Get inspired by industry experts and like-minded game entrepreneurs during our quality TALKS conference, and explore the latest games by Dutch developers at DISCOVER!

Hypixel Studios

Hypixel Studios consists of a team that contribute and collaborate remotely from around the world, with members ranging from games industry newcomers to 15+ year veterans. They’re currently hiring across a range of remote roles, including: Builder, Anti-Cheat Developer, Backend Java Engineer, and Java Minigame Developer.

For more info, check out

RocketFlair Games

Rocketflair are a game development studio based in Belfast, currently looking for a Software Developer (Unity 3D) and a Character / Creature Rigger. They have a passion for building unique games, and the whole team is hard at work on a number of exciting projects. Applicants would need to be able to work from Rocket Flair’s office in Belfast at least a couple of days per week.

For more info, visit

Ulster University Belfast

Ulster University is looking for a Lecturer in Games Design to join their Belfast Campus, situated in the artistic and cultural centre of the city, the Cathedral Quarter. The postholder will contribute to teaching, research, enterprise and business engagement for the recently introduced undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Games Design. 
More info

That’s all for now!

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