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The route to secure funding in Round 7 of the UK Games Fund of up to £25,000 for UK-based independent video games development studios has today opened for Expressions of Interest.

Round 7 is the first of two calls for applications to the UK Games Fund that will open this year.

Interested parties should be aware that to be considered for funding in Round 7, applicants must – amongst other criteria – be a cohesive team in an established company with some experience of developing and shipping a game.

All Expressions of Interest will be screened for eligibilty before applicants are invited to complete their submission.

Mike Enoch, Head of Account Management at the UK Games Fund, said:

“We’re announcing two routes to funding simultaneously, covering rounds 7 and 8. Both target applicant groups are of equal importance to the UK Games Fund and bring potential to grow the UK’s thriving indie development sector. We’ve designed criteria that should allow an entry route to our funded community for most situations. Whichever route is taken the potential impact on the economy goes way beyond the initial funding period. We’ve seen recent examples of companies that secured funding a while ago sharing news of six figure acquisition deals, publishing agreements and growth as a studio.”

Applicants to Round 7 must complete an Expression of Interest form.

This year we are asking all submissions to include a NUTS code (this is required for our data records).

There will be further opportunities to access grant funding and pitch development support in our next call for applications, Round 8, which is expected to open later this year.

Round 8 will be suitable for new companies with early-stage projects. Successful applicants will be awarded £6,000 of grant funding and will enrol in a programme to refine and improve pitching skills, with further opportunities down the line to pitch for funding.

More information about Round 8 will be shared later in the year.