The short version
We’re a unique, award-winning (and free!) game development studio which is open to all aspiring games and app developers – from students building their first games, to professionals with years of industry experience who want to try their hand at developing a game independently.
You’ll hear talks from some of the biggest names in the games industry, have the opportunity to attend networking sessions, learn more about what it means to run your own business, and join a team to start building your own game.
Although our studios are open 24/7 to our current teams, we run a series of core sessions on Wednesdays between November and April when our industry experts come in to speak, and when you have the opportunity to devote some time to working on your game.
You’ll also be expected to attend monthly milestone meetings so we can check that you’re happy with how everything is going.
We’re based in The Green House on the Colchester Campus Knowledge Gateway (CO4 3ZL). If you’re a student at the University and use the Find Your Way app, we’re in the area called “Parkside Office Village” – just a little way beyond the Essex Business School building.
Applications open in May and close in October, with interviews taking place in October before the new round of The Games Hub starts in November.
Click here for more information on the application process.
The long version
In our first four years we’ve seen more than 70 people come through The Games Hub. We currently have ten students with us, three people who started here with no gamedev experience at all, and seven teams who have set up their own award-winning games development companies.
Based in our shared studio space at the University of Essex, teams at The Games Hub work together to plan and develop a game idea. We expect all teams to attend core sessions which run on Wednesdays between November and April, but outside of this your project is yours – it’s up to you how much time you want or are able to devote to your game. Our studio space is available around the clock.
You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about games development and the business of gaming. We organise regular visits from veteran developers and industry experts who teach our teams about key areas of game development, including:
- Games design
- Portfolio building
- Interview techniques
- Art and production
- IP ownership
- Business planning
By the end of each round, teams will typically have developed a game or prototype and will put together a business plan and pitch presentation for invited media, investors and publishers, with the aim of securing the investment to take your game to market.
If you want to take a look at what’s going on at the hub, we hold two open sessions each October before the beginning of the new round. We haven’t got dates fixed for 2018 yet, but if you want to be notified when these are announced, just get in touch.
The man behind The Games Hub is Steven Huckle, a seasoned games developer who brings more than 30 years’ experience to the studio. He’s seriously invested in helping the games industry in East Anglia to flourish, and loves discovering the new talent that we see every year at the hub.
The former Art Director of Jagex, Steven has been BAFTA nominated, was named a Top 10 Creative England top 50 Future Leader, and won an Essex Innovation 50 award.
Just a few of the titles in his portfolio are Sensible Soccer, Fighting Force, Tomb Raider, Thunderhawk, X-Men, FIFA, Tiger Woods, Need for Speed, DJ Hero, The Sims, and Transformers Universe.
We work in close partnership with Shark Infested Custard and the University of Essex, and are sponsored by AppBox Media. Thanks to them, we are able to provide space, services, mentorship, and biscuits to those who show the aspiration and drive for a career in computer games and app development.
We’re also supported by many other businesses. Without these super-awesome and amazing people, The Games Hub wouldn’t be possible.