UK Games Fund offers £25,000 grants for game development projects

  • Round 6 of the UK Games Fund is now open for applications, offering up to £25,000 of funding for ambitious game development projects. Application deadline is February 3rd.

    The annual UK Games Fund competition helps support early-stage game development projects from small studios across the UK. The highly competitive fund is open to companies and new startups with fewer than 50 employees and is designed to help them get over that initial funding hurdle that stops many new game development teams from succeeding.

    Successful applicants will get an initial £5,000 of grant funding to develop a playable demand a support package to help them improve their pitching skills. The projects are then showcased at a major games industry trade show in Autumn, where applicants will pitch to secure an additional £20,000 grant to fully develop the game.

    Applications for round 6 of the fund are now open. Companies have until Monday February 3rd to submit written applications detailing their proposed game projects and will then make a short two-minute video pitch in February, with shortlisted studios to be invited to live video interviews in early March. The decision will be announed in March or April, with funding distributed from April or May onward.

    Last year's programme saw local game development studio Whitepot Studios successfully apply with its upcoming murder mystery game Murder at Malone Manor. The team went on to demo of the game at major industry trade show EGX 2019 and successfully pitched to secure the further £20,000 grant. The event also showcased NI-based studio WagTails' adorable game Cat out of the Casket as part of the UK Games Fund's graduate-focused sister programme Tranzfuser.

    Source: UK Games Fund

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