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What is the games hub?

The Games Hub is a unique, multi award-winning (and free!) game development programme based in Colchester, Essex. We run a free 40-week programme 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.

The Programme

The Games Hub teams

Based in our shared studio space, you work together as part of a team to plan and develop a game idea while also learning more about games development and the business of gaming.

The programme runs from October to June each year, during which time veteran developers will teach and mentor the teams, and there will be regular Wednesday visits from industry experts. They will help to teach the teams about key areas of game development and business sessions, covering topics including:

  • Programming
  • Games design
  • Graphics
  • Art and production
  • Monetisation
  • Accountancy
  • IP ownership
  • Marketing
  • Business planning

Teams are expected to attend these weekly talks, but outside of this your project is yours – it’s up to you how much time you want or are able to devote to it with our studio space always being available.

By the end of the programme, you and your team will have not only developed a game or prototype, but will also have 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.

Business mentoring from the games industry

As part of our programme you’ll get expert mentoring and support from some of the best people in the business world, and in computer games development.

Visiting speakers from the gaming industry and business include:

  • Microsoft
  • Square Enix
  • Birketts Solicitors
  • Amazon
  • Disney and Woods Accountants

You’ll also be working closely with veteran games developer Steven Huckle, founder of The Games Hub, who brings more than 30 years’ experience to the studio. 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 include Sensible Soccer, Fighting Force, Tomb Raider, Thunderhawk, X-Men, FIFA, Tiger Woods, Need for Speed, DJ Hero, The Sims, and Transformers Universe.

Contact us

The Games Hub offices

If you’ve got any further questions or want to contact The Games Hub, then please just email us at info[at]thegameshub.com and we’ll get back to you.

Alternatively you can find us at 2 The Green House, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3ZL

Apply to the programme

In the hub’s first three rounds we’ve seen more than 50 people come through the programme. Five teams have set up their own award-winning games development companies, and we think their work says more about the success of the studio than we ever could.

If you’re interested in joining the hub, applications for the October 2017 intake are now open, so please do apply for the programme.


We work in close partnership with Shark Infested Custard and the University of Essex, and are sponsored by AppBox Media. Thanks to them, we can 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 the Eastern Enterprise Hub and many other businesses. Without these super-awesome and amazing people, The Games Hub wouldn’t be possible.

University of Essex

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Essex County Council


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Anglia Ruskin University

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