Dyma Greadigol. Dyma Gymru. Dyma Gymru Greadigol.
This is Creative. This is Wales. This is Creative Wales.
In a nation shaped by talent and imagination, creativity in Wales has a champion.
Creative Wales is an agency set up within Welsh Government in early 2020. We champion the creative industries in Wales, providing a strong and unified voice for our sectors. We invest in our sectors so they can continue to flourish.
We want to shine a light on an emerging and broad sector where creatives do great work using technology as a tool. Encompassing games, animation, VFX, post- production, immersive and Createch. When you add up all the freelancers, start-ups, small and large businesses working in these disciplines it’s a key part of our creative industries demographic – a part where future skills are key.
This sector has always thrived at the cutting edge of technology. It’s a place where boundaries are explored and new ideas and formats are put to the test.
Video games have become one of the core pillars of the entertainment industry. It’s a global community, and we have a thriving community of Welsh games development companies. There’s great potential for growth – whether it’s in the metaverse, new markets like NFT’s or the phenomenon of E-sports.
Welsh Government actively supports the growth of a diverse, sustainable games developmentsector. This is underpinned through financial support schemes, trade mission support and through maintaining links with internationally renowned stakeholders like UKIE, TIGA and the UK Games Fund.
We’re working hard to encourage new talent into the industry through schemes like Games Talent Wales. Our development funding rounds ensure that new Welsh IP makes it to the market – of course we’d love to see some big hit titles in the next few years.
Our mission is to drive growth across the creative industries, build on existing success and develop new talent and skills – positioning Wales as one of the best places for creative businesses to locate and thrive.
Here are the companies representing Wales at GDC 2022:
Black Dragon Studios is an independent video games development company based in Swansea, South Wales, UK. Since being founded in 2018, they have launched games on PlayStation 4, the Nintendo Switch, Oculus VR, and the Vive VR headset. The team is made up of four individuals with a background in the creative industries, and academic experts; with over 20 years’ combined experience practising and teaching creative design and software development.
Blank Pixel Games was formed to design and develop custom learning tools for specialised areas of training in the form of video games. By integrating engaging and immersive video games into pre-professional learning, they bridge the gap between textbook theory and professional practice, saving time, money and resources. This provides a tipping point in knowledge through access to 3D work environments that expose individuals to professional practices and equipment, with the comfort and entertainment value of a video game.
Founded in 2019, Evil Owl Studios is an independent game company by four students at Glyndwr University in North Wales. The team’s background vary from Game Development to Web Design to Management to Theatre and they were awarded the best student/graduate business in 2019.
The aim of Evil Owl studios is to create fun new gaming experiences and deliver colourful new worlds to explore, shared between friends and family.
Games Alchemist is currently developing a game called ‘Big Job’ - a bank heist, third person, cover shooter, with stealth elements set in a dystopian Britain in the 1980’s. It is due for a staggered release in the second quarter of 2023 on PC and console.
Tobias Johnson, director at Games Alchemist, is a Bafta Award winning director for ‘Creature Battle Lab’, which won Best Game in 2017. He was awarded the Wellcome Trust Award for Immune and Future Entrepreneur in 2011. Games Alchemist is currently looking for publishing partners, investment, porting, marketing, q&a testing and localisation opportunities for ‘Big Job’.
Goldborough Studio was formed in 2012, initially as a visual development business and since 2017 as a game development studio. It has provided visual development, character design, and content for 11 games, four feature films, and two animations. The company, made up of animators, designers and programmers, is headed up by creative leads Will & Liz Morris-Julien. It is currently developing its first in house IP - YAMI (ETA Q1 2023). At GDC 2019, their initial YAMI pitch was a runner up with an honourable mention for UKIE's Game of the Show.
Goggleminds’ aim is to use the world’s health and medical expertise to build the biggest and best learning resource ever built. Through gamification and immersive technology, they help healthcare professionals and students learn more effectively. Through their platform, healthcare providers can easily deploy immersive training to their workforce, whilst universities can provide students with on-demand and realistic clinical experiences. Goggleminds’ new global learning platform, to be launched imminently, will change the way immersive training is deployed in healthcare and facilitate deeper collaboration between healthcare institutions across the globe.
Established in 2018, Good Gate Media Ltd. is an interactive story games production and publishing company based in Cardiff, Wales, run by John Giwa-Amu. Built on the back of 15 successful years in feature films that have seen his projects win awards at internationally renowned festivals including BAFTA, BIFA, Tribeca and Berlin, John is joined by a senior management and consulting team with multi-award-winning experience. The team has identified an opportunity to use its combined skills, talent relationships and knowledge to elevate the quality of content in the fast-growing sector of interactive story games. Good Gate Media is currently in production of a sequel to their interactive rom-com, Five Dates. They are also in pre-production of a murder-mystery with a twisting narrative and dynamic characters, Getting Away With Murder.
Sugar Creative delivers wonder through creative technological innovation. Bringing imagination to life, with inspirational and incredible outcomes for everything from entertainment to marketing and science. With international partners including Aardman, Ubisoft, Toyota, Dr.Seuss, UK Gov, BBC, and OSMO they are regarded as one of the UKs leading immersive studios. They are the studio behind the cutting edge AR experience 'Dr.Seuss' ABC: An Amazing AR alphabet’ and, as part of the Fictioneers consortium, the award-winning, next generation trans-media story experience ‘Wallace and Gromit: The Big Fix Up’
Wales Interactive is a multi-award winning video games and interactive movie publisher & developer based in Wales, UK. As an independent developer and producer, they create and fund their own ideas exclusively from their studio in Wales. This includes writing, design, programming, art, animation, music, marketing and publishing their own titles. They are also a Video Games & Interactive Movie Publishing Label, collaborating with talented games developers and film makers across the globe to help bring original creations to new platforms.