UKTI helps Cardboard Sword make an impression Stateside

April 5, 2016 @ 20:53 by Alison Cowie

The North East games developer impresses at a San Francisco conference as part of a tech trade mission

Independent game developer Cardboard Sword is closer to securing publication for its first new game, The Siege and the Sandfox, following a UKTI Northern Powerhouse mission to the Game Developers
Conference (GDC) in San Francisco in March this year.

The company, made up of a group of experienced games industry professionals has only recently made the leap to developing their own games.

North East based Olly Bennett (pictured) explains: “We’ve all been involved in high profile games development previously in our careers, but this is our first standalone independent project. GDC is one of the largest and most influential industry trade shows in the world, so we knew it
would be a great chance to gain interest and secure a publisher for The Siege and the Sandfox.”

Since returning from the conference the team has had follow up discussions with many of the publishers they met at the event, and hope to secure a deal with one of them in the months to come.

Olly added: “UKTI’s support was vital – without their assistance we would have struggled to attend. Their help in meeting new contacts and their financial aid towards costs and getting us on the UKIE stand (UK
Interactive Entertainment), gave us opportunities we would otherwise have missed.

Maria Dotsch, UK International Trade Adviser added: “UKTI arranges and supports missions across the world focusing on many different sectors.

“Cardboard Sword have a great new game in development but needed support to be able to attend and make the most out of this event, UKTI was able to do that for them.”

Olly Bennett is an alumni of Teesside University’s Digital City Fellowship and also runs the quarterly games industry networking event Game Bridge in Middlesbrough.