Famous for being the birthplace of rugby league, John Smiths Bitter, Sir Patrick Stewart and the industrial revolution. Alongside its socialist views and anti establishment attitudes, Huddersfield has always been known as a city of innovation. But could these be the reasons why it has now turned into a thriving hub of indie game developers? We think It definitely has something to do with it.
Now, with studio’s dotted around the city employing some of the UK’s youngest and brightest industry talent. Studio’s such as RedKite Games, the developers of Transgalactic Tournament, Sumo Digital, famous for their work on Hitman Episode 5 and Crackdown 3, Hypersloth, the small indie game studio that developed Dream and Canalside Studios, the developers of numerous mobile games. Fallen Idol Games are another small indie game studio based in Huddersfield that are currently working on an exciting new project TyperDrive. These amazing studios are what make Huddersfield a force to be reckoned with within the indie gaming community.
Alongside this, The University of Huddersfield’s internationally recognised Computer Game Design and ‘Computer Games Programming‘ courses, has meant that the city is getting first dibs on all the fresh young talent looking at joining the industry.
Speaking of awesome talent, I have to mention GAMAYO. GAMAYO is a ‘free and informal network of people that make videogames in Yorkshire and the North of England’ run by Game Republic. They host awesome events twice yearly to help developers showcase, play test and just as important, network. If you haven’t already been to a GAMAYO event we highly recommend checking one out soon!
Huddersfield is sticking it to the man and giving the AAA gaming industry a run for its money. Now if I’m looking for an opportunity to get into the industry, I would get my arse down to Huddersfield so fast that the three peaks will be nothing but a blur.