• Microsoft and Creative England relaunch £500,000 Greenshoots incubator

    Monday 24th Sept

    Initiative now open to all studios in England, with links to Xbox and double the investment of previous cohorts

    The Greenshoots incubator is back, with more money for start-up studios and covering a far broader area.

    A joint venture between Microsoft and Creative England, the programme is now open to all studios in England – outside of Greater London – and has been funded with £500,000. That’s double the amount of previous Greenshoots cohorts.

    The goal is to help independent games studios develop and release new games, with funding, mentoring and guidance available to the selected developers. Greenshoots hopes to identify studios that show potential for growth, and by extension stimulate more businesses around the country.

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  • Microsoft Greenshoots Programme for Welsh Game Developers

    Monday 14th Sept

    Microsoft Greenshoots Games Development Programme is now open for applications and the closing date is 25 September 2015

    The Welsh Government is pleased to be partnering with Microsoft to deliver a Welsh version of the Greenshoots Games Development project.

    SME games developers in Wales will be able to apply for up to 25k of funding towards the build of  new titles for the Xbox One, PC and mobile platforms.

    Greenshoots is a programme developed by Microsoft to support early Welsh SME’s less than 5 years old.

    Companies can build products for any operating system (I.e. IOS / Android / Steam) but they need to be compatible with Microsoft devices.

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  • Games Funding Forum Event

    Monday 7th Sept

    Games Funding Forum is taking place next month on 15 October at RichMix in London.

    The conference will give developers a better understanding of the pros and cons of the different ways of funding their endeavours and how to access funding as well as the chance to meet potential investors and publishers.

    It’s also a great opportunity for publishers and investors to meet new talent. And this year, there will also be 10 selected studios showcasing their unpublished games in the Networking Lounge in between sessions and during the drinks reception at the end of the day.

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  • Unreal offer $5m in project Dev. Grants

    Monday 18th May

    More than $50,000 given to UE4 users with innovative projects

    Epic Games has announced the first recipients of development funds under its new Unreal Dev Grants scheme.

    The initiative launched last month, promising a total of $5m in funds to innovative projects that are being built with Unreal Engine 4.

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    Epic’s Dev. Grants

  • Creative Skillset Trainee & Training Grant

    Monday 18th May

    Government releases £16m for funding Trainees and for training in the creative Sectors, Managed by Creative Skillset,  via simple on-line forms.
    http://creativeskillset.org/who_we_help/creative_businesses

    If you are taking on a graduate, (a student from a Games related course), that has less than 14 months (allows sandwhich course students) then you can claim 50% of their 1st year salary.
    Find your own graduates, or use their Trainee Finder website, which is promoted to students.
    http://creativeskillset.org/who_we_help/creative_businesses/access_new_talent/trainee_finder

    If you book your staff on approved training courses then you are eligible to claim back 50% of the costs.

    http://creativeskillset.org/who_we_help/creative_businesses/skills_investment_funds

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  • £14m to be spent making first wave of UK tax breaks games

    Thursday 23rd April

    19 games receive final certification in first year, 48 for interim certification

    The BFI has released figures for the first full year of UK games tax relief, reporting a UK spend of £14m towards the production of approved titles.

    That’s just shy of the £15m that was budgeted for tax breaks between April 2014 and March 2015. Tax breaks for UK games developers was finally approved last year.

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  • UK Govt pledges £8m funding to game industry

    Wednesday 18th March

    ‘This is a great day for the UK video games development and digital publishing sector,’ says TIGA’s Richard Wilson

    The UK Government has pledged £8m in funding available to game studios across the country.

    Chancellor George Osborne has revived the £4m Prototype Fund, designed to provide a boost for start-ups in the sector. A further £4m will also made available over the next two years to support the Skills Investment Fund, a match-funding scheme for training in games and other creative sectors.

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  • TIGA releases free report to help students get into games development

    Friday 6th March

    Study discusses what studios look for in graduates and new recruits

    Trade body TIGA has published a free report designed to help students understand how they can improve their chances of finding employment in the games industry.

    Put together in partnership with the Winchester School of Art, the report – entitled Leap 2014 – collects the experiences of recruitment bosses from some of the UK’s biggest games studios, as well as university and college course leaders for games-related qualifications.

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  • Creative Europe offering grants of up to €150,000

    Tuesday 10th March

    Creative Europe, a programme designed to support and encourage the creative industries across the continent, is offering game developers the chance to secure grants of up to €150,000.

    The initiative is open to all European games companies, particularly those that have been operating for more than a year and “can demonstrate a proven track record”. The grants are designed for studios “looking to develop a playable prototype of a narrative-led video game”.

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  • GamesLab opens regional funds for devs in South West and West Midlands

    Friday 27th Feb

    Creative England GamesLab has opened two regional funds to support the growth of studios in the South West and the West Midlands.

    £150k is available to companies in the West Midlands, who can apply for between £20k and £50k to grow their business.

    Developers in the South West meanwhile can claim back 50 per cent of their hardware, software or consultancy costs incurred during game development. The total cost of qualifying expenditure must be between £2k and £10k.

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