A total of 18 indie games development studios have today been announced as being selected for initial funding from the UK Games Fund.
Based across the UK the projects to be supported range from narrative-driven PC games to AR mobile games.
- BetaJester Ltd, based in Hull
- Bonzrat Ltd, based in Brighton
- Cinder Cone Ltd, based in London
- Engine House VFX Ltd, based in Redruth
- Fox Tor Games, based in Plymouth
- James Makes Games Ltd, based in Bradford on Avon
- Kaizen Game Works, based in Coventry
- LoveShark, based in London
- S2 Entertainment (trading as Mad Fellows), based in Leamington Spa
- Madowl Games, based in Maidenhead
- Meteor Pixel, based in Bristol
- Miracle Tea Studios Ltd, based in Bury St Edmunds
- NerdRage Studios Ltd, based in Brighton
- Pretty Digital, based in Bristol
- Story Juice, based in Plymouth
- Supergonk, based in Guildford
- Thunkd Games Ltd, based in Leeds
- Whitepot Studios, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Julia Le Gallo from Engine House VFX, said:
“Being selected for UKGF support is a fantastic achievement for our studio. It enables us to start development on Just Breathe, a beautiful and emotional game about self-acceptance and mindfulness. It also means starting our games development activity, turning our budding passion into a flourishing business expansion for our small Cornish animation studio. This would not have been possible without the UK Games Fund.”
New to this round, funded companies will receive an initial prize of £5,000 to support development of their project over the summer in preparation for the annual consumer games show later this year. All companies will take part in the consumer show, having their playable demo on display for the game-playing public to road test and give direct feedback on. Companies will also have the opportunity to pitch for a further £20,000 support from the UK Games Fund for the further development of their game.
All companies will also be invited to join the UK Games Fund and Tranzfuser communities at a Practice Pitch event later in the summer in Dundee. As part of their trip to the birthplace of the Beano and home to UK Games Talent and Finance CIC (UKGTF), the companies will also join award winners and nominees at the second annual UK Games Fund Awards at the V&A Dundee.
Paul Durrant, Director at UKGTF, said:
“It’s fantastic to welcome these new members of our funded community in the month when we’ve seen some of our more established members like Sensible Object be acquired as part of a major UK inward investment, validating the value of our support. The awardees announced today are at the start of a journey that will provide a further boost to the UK’s incredibly successful games development business and creative ecosystem.”
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