A Fylde firm has flown out to Germany to take part in the world’s biggest conference for games developers and computer graphics experts.
Realtime UK, based in Westby but with offices in Manchester, has sent a delegation to Gamescom in Cologne this week.
Enterprise Network North West (EENW) is helping North West gaming specialists to attend the expo and says the games and graphics industry in the North West is a major player in a world market worth £50bn last year.
Realtime was founded by managing director Tony Prosser in his Lytham bedroom and produces computer graphics for a variety of clients including cut-scenes and movie clips for computer games such as the TotalWar series and World of Warplanes.
David Cullinane, director at Realtime was accompanying Tony to the convention, which they have attended the event for the last couple of years, as an opportunity to meet existing and prospective clients.
He said: “We are looking forward to meeting with developers and publishers of ‘AAA’ console, tablet, mobile and online titles to partner with and create premium quality video and imagery.”
Rodolphe Soulard senior European business adviser from EENW said: “The North West innovative games specialists have enormous growth potential.
“Whether it’s all about strategy or simply a case of how quick you are on the trigger, the gaming sector is a winner in terms of growth and Gamescom is an opportunity for the region’s best gaming experts to grow their networking database through meetings and networking sessions set up by EENW.”
The games industry received a major boost this year when with the introduction of Games Tax Relief (GTR) in the budget after a long battle by the sector.
The result is that video game development companies, registered in the UK, can now claim GTR for the development of a new game.
Rodolphe added: “Those market conditions make this the right time to invest in the gaming industry to ensure the UK regains its position in the top three developers in the world. Gamescom is the best opportunity for companies in the North West to find partners to develop the next big game. We wish RealtimeUK all the best at the exhibition.”