• Game Spark
  • Hire Intelligence


  • Dream
  • TinyKeep
  • Undercurrent
  • Gang Beasts
  • GhostShip
  • FormerDroid
  • Team 17
  • Laser Dog
  • Narcissus
  • Power Up
  • Pixel Ballon
  • Salford University
  • Popup Asylum
  • MMU
  • Positron
  • Future Works
  • Vorpal Games
  • Sigstrap
  • Overruled
  • JetBot
  • Sketch Fab
  • Boss Baddie
  • Stomping Grounds
  • Martonas
  • A Pixel Story

There are two main Exhibition Areas; the first is situated at On The 7th which can accommodate over 125 people, includes a 2k projector and is opposite the Lounge Bar and Pantry. The second is in the Media Labs which includes an open exhibition space surrounded by testing rooms for showcasing games and hosting tournaments.

If you are interested in exhibiting for free at Update and would like an information pack please contact us at: info@updateshow.co.uk


  • Dan Hett

    12:00 - 12:20 Dan Hett -

    Senior gamedev for CBBC/CBeebies and the creator of the Manchester game jam.

    Disregard Rulebook! Make Videogames!

    Dan will be waxing lyrical about throwing out the rulebook, and showing us what can happen when you write code with wild abandon at ludicrous speeds!

  • Joe Robins

    12:20 - 12:40 Joe Robins -

    Community Evangelist Unity Technologies

    Shiny New Unity Things!

    An update on the latest Unity features.

  • Hypersloth

    13:00 - 13:15 John Griffin -


    GameSparks - The Complete Games-As-A-Service Platform

    GameSparks is a cloud-based platform for games developers to help them build the server-side features of their games and then manage their games as a service post launch.

  • Lee Stott

    13:15 - 13:40 Lee Stott -

    Microsoft Evangelist

    Microsoft Opportunities for Indie Developers

    With services such as BizSpark and DreamSpark, Microsoft is helping startups across the world develop their concepts into games.

  • Jamie Sefton

    14:00 - 14:25 Jamie Sefton -

    Managing Director of Game Republic.

    Game Republic - Games Funding Round-up

    A presentation about how the Yorkshire and Northern England games network can help your games business, plus a useful dash through current public and private organisations and companies that fund games and games developers.

  • Ashley Brown

    14:25 - 14:50 Ashley Brown

    University of Manchester, Digital Games Research Association.

  • Esther MacCallum-Stewart

    Esther MacCallum-Stewart

    Digital Cultures Research Centre at University of West England, University of Surrey, Digital Games Research Association.

  • The State of Games Studies

    Dynamic, energetic, and punchy, doctors Esther MacCallum-Stewart and Ashley Brown will be taking you on a whirlwind tour of current academic research about games in 2014

  • Alex Johansson

    16:00 - 16:25 Alex Johansson -

    Creator of Narcissus and educator in Stencylworks software.

    Stencyl - Teaching to Learn

    Alex will be showing how Stencyl gives designers the flexibility to build games quickly and efficiently and how teaching is often the best way to learn.

  • Hypersloth

    16:00 - 16:25 Ashley Stancill, Sam Read -

    Co-founders of HyperSloth and creators of Dream

    Starting up/Breaking into the industry

Scheduled talks will be held in the Screening Room next to the 7th floor Exhibition Area. It can hold 50 attendees and we will be uploading the talks to our Youtube channel If you are interested in talking at Update and would like more information please contact us at:


Notable Attendees

Microsoft Unity MMU HDF

Anyone is welcome to attend Update and best of all itís free. From 11am to 7pm you will have access to all exhibition spaces, talks and tournaments.The Lounge Bar and Pantry will be open throughout the day and from 7pm onwards you are welcome to stay for the After Party. Tickets can be ordered online through Eventbrite and while having one is not required to access Update, it will help us in organising the event.

After Party

From 8pm onwards, the Game Dev UK after party begins! But what is GDUK? Well itís a collection of meetups for game developers, journalists, hopefuls and anyone else related to the game industry. But you donít have to wait until April, there are plenty of meetups in the coming months so follow the Twitter accounts below for more info:






Update will be held at The Landing in the heart of MediaCityUK. If youíre travelling by car, parking at The Garage is recommended and the Metrolink runs regularly throughout the day. For more information on getting to MediaCityUK click here.

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