• 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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  • Creative England secures £8m in government funding

    Thursday 12th Feb

    Money will be used to boost creative industries and generate jobs across games, TV, film and more

    Creative England has announced it has received a further £8m from the UK government’s Regional Growth Fund.

    This is the sixth round of funding for the government initiative and the third consecutive time money has been awarded to Creative England.

    The £8m will enable the organisation to bring its investment and support programmes to the East of England and South East regions, where it will help boost creative businesses across games, TV, film and the digital industry.

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  • 32 games taking advantage of UK tax relief

    Tuesday 3rd Feb
    Combined total development budgets exceed £54m

    32 games qualified to take advantage of UK games tax relief in 2014, a new report from the BFI has revealed.

    Nine games have already received final certification and have been released, with combined development budgets of £2.3 million.

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  • Games Funding Forum

    Thursday 9th October
    Whether you’re three-person indie or a major studio, how you fund your next game has never been so important. And there have never been so many ways to do it:

    • New outfits and old hands alike are going straight to their fans via Kickstarter and other crowd-funding platforms.
    • At the other end of the spectrum, venture capitalists have seen billion dollar returns from the likes of King.Com and Zynga, but these investors have very specific demands.
    • Traditional publishers still have a role to play, too, even as the industry continues its rush to digital marketplaces and freemium models.
    • And don’t forget the government. Tax breaks should feed into every developer’s thinking, and then there is grant funding and other incentives for hiring or training more staff to capitalize on.

    The Games Funding Forum is a new half-day conference and networking event taking place on 23 October, which meets the huge demand for focused insight into all this and more. Anyone attending will gain 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 grab a few business cards that might just be the first step to getting financed!

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  • Nesta Create Map of UK Developers

    Thursday 25 th September
    Nesta and Ukie publish first ‘big data’ based mapping of the UK’s games industry. Explosion of new games companies gives industry 22% YOY growth

    The true value of the UK games industry has been unlocked by big data, showing it may be double the size of previous estimates. A map of the UK games industry is published today by Nesta in partnership with Ukie to map the industry’s value, shape and size.

    The research shows that there are 1,902 games businesses in the UK and the economic value of these could be as much as £1.72 billion – double the official estimates for 2011 and 2012

    For the first time the games industry has been measured using ‘big data’, not official SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) codes alone. The researchers combed online product directories like MobyGames and review sites like Metacritic and GameSpot to create a new list of games companies not previously measured because the official codes did not capture them.

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    Nesta Report and Map


  • Creative England opens new round of Greenshoots funding worth £250k

    26th Sept 2014
    Successful applicants can now also raise extra money from investors Creative England has opened the next round of its Greenshoots programme offering £250,000 to ten indie studios across England.

    The funding for indie developers is capped at up to £25,000 per studio. Investors and publishers are now being brought in from the start of the scheme however, meaning additional investment could also be provided to successful applicants to develop their projects.

    As well as funding, developers on the programme will receive support, mentorship from Microsoft and other industry partners, access to Windows devices for testing and access to industry networking events.

    Greenshoots funding is open to developers based in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humberside, West Midlands, East Midlands and the South West.

    Applications for the scheme close at 9am on October 20th.

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  • iOS pushes UK games industry to £1.72 billion

    24th Sept 2014
    Ukie releases new data on UK games business, revealing that it may be double the size of previous estimates

    According to a new report from Ukie, in partnership with Nesta, the games industry in the United Kingdom has around 1,902 businesses and could be worth as much as £1.72 billion ($2.8 billion), which is double the official estimates given for 2011 and 2012. In fact, Ukie said that “an explosion of new games companies” has led to 22 percent growth year-over-year.

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  • UK creative industries secure £6.5m for Next Gen Skills Academy

    Initiative aims to deliver 1,300 qualifications, including 150 apprenticeships and more than 1,000 training courses

    A consortium of creative industry business in the UK have secured £6.5m in funding to set up a Next Gen Skills Academy.

    The Consortium behind the initiative includes companies such as Ubisoft Reflections, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Pinewood Studios and Framestore. The scheme will develop new entry level qualifications and will work to offer apprenticeships, short courses and online learning tailored to meet key skills needs.

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  • Culture Secretary Backs Made In Creative UK

    Sajid Javid MP welcomes Philip Oliver’s campaign to raise awareness of British games

    The Made in Creative UK campaign has added a high-profile supporter to its ranks following a visit from Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. He visited the studio to see first-hand how games are made and commended the campaign for raising awareness of the titles made in the UK.

    “The UK’s creative industries are one of our biggest success stories and I want to see them enjoying the recognition they deserve,” he said. “Campaigns like ‘Made in Creative UK’ are instrumental in raising awareness of the talent already out there, can inspire students and ensure the continued success of the sector, and help cement the UK’s position as a world leader in the production of video games and other digital creative media.”

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  • Creative England invests £250,000 in Accelerator fund

    SCEE working with organisation to support five games firms’ projects for PlayStation platforms Creative England and SCEE have announced a new £250,000 fund to accelerate and incubate five UK games companies.

    The organisation’s will invest £50,000 into each of the selected five developers to support the development of new titles for PS3, PS4 and PlayStation Vita. The studios will also receive business support, dev kits for the three PlayStation platforms and other technical and fringe benefits.

    The partnership is part of a new incubator and accelerator programme called GamesLab Campus. Information on how to apply will be made available soon at www.creativeengland.co.uk/games.

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