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canaldrifter
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Not the name of a game, but what I'm doing here!

Having invented a game and had an initial meeting with Games Play Uk Ltd, who offer to promote it to games manufacturers and distributers, at a cost to me of £3,900, I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has had successful, or otherwise, dealings with this agent.

I have found past posts from 2004, and 2010, some of which are against, others tentatively for. but nothing more recent.

For example, has anyone come across them at the London or New York Toy Fairs?

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At a cost to me of....

canaldrifter wrote:
Having invented a game and had an initial meeting with Games Play Uk Ltd, who offer to promote it to games manufacturers and distributers, at a cost to me of...

I have had no dealings with them, but I would run screaming from anyone that is offering to take my money and has no skin in the game. What incentive does this firm have to provide a good outcome? What efforts will they make prior to taking your money to show they are acting in good faith? What prior clients can you interview that can vouch for this firm's services? I would ask for them to provide at least three client references.

RK Gabhart
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I’m on their e-mail list and they send the equivalent of a sell sheet to me about the games they are promoting. I have looked up many of the games and never found any reference to then on the web except at their site.

Before considering doing business with then you should find out what their success rate is and what games where successful.

There are game brokers that only take a % with nothing up front. Maybe one of them would be better.

canaldrifter
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Thanks for your good

Thanks for your good advice.

I have done some online research. It seems they do promote games to producers, and at the UK and NY Toy Fairs.

But their true success rate is questionable. Even their own website only boasts three, possibly four major (?) successes in the twelve years they claim to have been operating.

They give no indication of the size of the production runs.

http://www.gamesnplay-magazine.com/

http://www.gamesplayuk.com/page11.html

.... if you have the time to look and offer an opinion.

Of course, if they are charging every game designer £3,900, and there is no indication of how many they are dealing with, then they have a nice little income to pay for their new (hired) offices in Portsihead and their jollies to the game fairs.
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canaldrifter wrote:.... if

canaldrifter wrote:
.... if you have the time to look and offer an opinion.

I don't think I need to have a look at all. There are far too many companies doing nothing at all for your money. Let them provide the references if they can or let them go and save your time and money. Even if there were a nice good-willing company, what exactly do you get for your money? Will they try hard? Or even harder?

Better send the money to me and I'll try really hard to invent cold fusion and you get 50% shares. Agreed?

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