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At Barclays, we’re playing our part to help the UK Games Industry grow and develop.

We see the positive impact that games can have in bringing communities together, inspiring creativity and building an environment to learn.

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Ukie Hub Crawl 2021

2021 will see us kick off the annual Ukie Hub Crawl. This is a hugely successful annual activity that normally sees Ukie, and an array of experts, visit up to 15 key locations around the UK to support games businesses on a specific topic. 

In 2021, with the event going virtual gives us an amazing opportunity to deliver 12 different and unique events in the Hub Crawl, which will aim to cover the entire life cycle of a games business; from incorporation, growing a team, middleware, running the studio, pitching to funders, getting PR exposure – right through to eventually exiting a business. 
 

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Games Innovation Challenge 2021

We have joined up with NSE (National Student Esports) to sponsor their first Games Innovation Challenge to students across the UK

This 9 week competition will see teams of students complete to create an innovative playable game within the theme of “Competition”.  As well as making the games the teams will be asked to provide plans of how their game could be run as a competitive event/tournament.

The entries will be judged by an panel of leading industry experts from across the games and esports industry, with the opportunity to win a share of the £5000 prize pool.

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Events

Barclays have joined forces with our partners to pull together an impressive calendar of free, virtual events.

 

 

Resource Hub

Miss an event we ran? You’ll find recordings of all our events on our resource hub.
 

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Partnering with games industry experts from the grassroots up

We’re partnering with best-in-class industry bodies to bring new events, workshops and solutions. Supporting the UK games and esports industries to develop their skills and connect with like-minded professionals.

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Meet the Games and Esports Team
 

Dave Gowans

Head of Games and Esports

Jon Paterson

Partnership Lead
 

Elaine Moran

Strategy Lead
 

Matthew Colclough

Esports Lead
 



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Whether you’re starting out in games and esports or looking to expand, we’re here to help. If you’d like to find out more about our exciting gaming and esports programme and upcoming events, we’d love to hear from you.


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