UK Games Fund

UKGF is run by UK Games Talent and Finance Community Interest Company. UKGTF is a non-profit organisation with the remit to support the UK’s early stage games development and digital interactive business and creative ecosystem in terms of both companies and individuals.

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WHAT IS UKGF?

UKGF is run by UK Games Talent and Finance CIC. UKGTF is a community interest company that has been established to help develop the UK games development sector, particularly at the early stage. We are not for profit and do not have share capital. Since 2015 we’ve helped to bring together a community of over 5,000 UK games developers, supporting them to grow their talent and creativity with funding from the UK Government.

Our aim is to boost the UK’s games business and talent ecosystem. We want our funding to create jobs, promote diverse new teams, enhance skills and increase the amount of new games IPs in the UK. In short, we’re working to support the UK’s early-stage games development community.

Words from our community

The UK Games Fund first granted assistance to Coatsink in 2016, since then we have tripled our revenue from £1,750,000 to £5,000,000 and doubled our staff from 33 to 62.

Tom Beardsmore

Coatsink
We have applied for and received funding for various sources over the years and the UK Games Fund has by far the least stressful application and reporting process of all of them.

Tomas Rawlings

Auroch Digital
Original IP development is both difficult and high risk, the UKGF is invaluable in helping UK game studios compete globally.

Frank Arnot

Stormcloud Games
I can’t state strongly enough how critical the UK Games Fund has been to our business. We would simply not have the capacity to take on the risk of developing new technology without it.

Kirsty Rigden

FuturLab
This was a superb opportunity for Roll7 and really allowed us to focus on one project and not have to scrap around for ‘gun for hire’ work to help fund our prototype. This money helped get our deal over the line and secure the company financially for the next two years.

Tom Hegarty

Roll7

Stats we’re proud of

Since our launch in 2015, we’ve supported numerous projects with our funding and ancillary support. We’ve established a sizeable engaged and interactive community. We work with well-respected industry experts in our work. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to date.

100+

Projects funded to date

5.7m

Value of funded projects

5k+

Online community size

1,029

Applications received to date

Funding rounds to date

We’ve run 6 rounds of funding since 2015, each offering support of up to £25,000 in grant funding. Projects have varied in size, platform and targeted markets. Some have gone on to be self-published, others have secured further investment for continued development from publishers and investors.

Our initial offering included direct grant funding of up to £25,000, but our learning over the course of the Fund has resulted in the evolution of our support.

Our more recent offering presents as an opportunity for less-well established and experienced teams of games developers to work on projects over the summer with an award of £5,000. At the end of the summer the teams are usually hosted at a physical Autumn consumer showcase event, in the past we’ve been to EGX, and are invited to pitch for a grant of up to £20,000 for the further development of the project to be carried out as an established company.

In the present situation, our offer and support package has changed to suit current circumstances.

We want our funded community to be sustainable and ambitious in their business activities. Whilst we support creative projects, one of our main goals in providing grant funding is to help support businesses that have the potential to grow and flourish as successful UK-based entities.

Funding 2020

Round 6 has now closed. All applicants have recently been contacted.

Round 6 was open to all UK-based game developers with less than 50 employees who are developing early-stage projects. The information supplied below is for reference only.

Applicants could apply for an initial support package valued at £10,000 (including £5,000 of grant funding) to refine and improve pitching skills, whilst also developing a playable demo for showcasing at a major consumer games show in the Autumn.

A further opportunity to pitch in-person to the UK Games Fund will be provided to successful applications at the Autumn show, where successful teams can secure an additional grant of up to £20,000.

In the present circumstances some of the planned support for Round 6 has been amended. All current applicants are aware of these changes.

Are you the Games Talent of Tomorrow?

Tranzfuser is the popular talent development programme brought to you by UK Games Talent and Finance CIC, working with a host of regional contributors and funded by UK Government.

Tranzfuser was established in 2016 to provide an annual shot of top talent into the UK development ecosystem with a particular focus on creative team leaders of the future. It looks to supply a pipeline to enterprise and/or employment recognition for new UK games graduates, taking teams from concept and prototyping through to publishing.

It is the first time a UK-wide talent programme has been linked directly to a prototype fund (UK Games Fund) allowing new teams to benefit from grants and interaction with a host of other early stage games development companies.

Knowledge sharing

Games Biz Academy has been set up to facilitate the sharing of the bank of knowledge and resources that we have collated from our community of expert and diverse games development professionals. We welcome anyone to make use of the resources available; from aspiring games developers to those seeking to brush up on their skills.

Users of the Games Biz Academy are eligible to be rewarded with Digital Badges upon completion of sections of the site.

Our community

Our diverse funded community has granted us access to document their studios and development work.