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Tranzfuser winners announced

Four teams from the Tranzfuser competition have been selected for further support for the continued development of their projects from the UK Games Fund after successfully pitching for funding at EGX. Teams will each receive grant funding of up to £25,000.

This year’s Tranzfuser competition saw 13 graduate teams of games developers from across the UK work on their summer projects at their Local Hubs with each Hub providing support and assistance for the duration of the project.

Back in September each team was given the opportunity to practice their pitching skills at an exclusive event in Dundee. Taking the feedback from the industry experts who were pitched to onboard, the teams honed not only their games in the weeks before EGX but so too their pitching skills.

New to this year’s competition, teams had the additional learning resource of the Games Biz Academy; the online portal with accessible and relevant content for those embarking on a career in games development made exclusively available to the Tranzfuser teams. Our presence at EGX, now taking place at the ExCeL Arena in London, saw our biggest stand to date at the annual show. Tranzfuser teams were joined by the first time by funded companies from the UK Games Fund, giving the teams the opportunity to learn from and network with professional indie games developers.

Despite thousands of attendees visiting the show, those who weren’t able to make it to London were still able to get a sense of the output from the competition as the games and teams were featured on our first ever live stream.

Teams juggled managing their busy schedule of being available to talk to players and visitors to the stand about their games with getting ready to pitch to the UK Games Fund judges for further grant funding.

Each team had 30 minutes to pitch their games to the judges. The outcome of the pitches, alongside the detailed judges’ assessment of their games on the stand informed the decisions made on who was selected for funding.

The successful teams are:

Each team is now a fully-fledged company with employees working on the continued development of their commercial projects.

Deborah Farley, Head of Tranzfuser, said:

Every year the pitching panel, and the game-playing public, are blown away by the passion, talent and dedication of each and every one of the Tranzfuser teams. This year I have found the application of learning from the teams to be the most impressive yet; the successful teams took the feedback that they were given in Dundee at the Practice Pitch event on board in a way that has resulted in more teams being funded than was previously predicted.

Speaking of being selected for funding, Tom Gibbs from Biscuit Sandwich Games said:

We’re thrilled our hard work has taken us this far. Being awarded funding will enable the team to continue development full-time and allow us access to the resources we need to meet our development milestones.

For more information about the funded teams, click here.

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