UK game developers are in with a chance of getting up to £25,000 in government funding as the UK Games Fund as round 3 of the UK Games Fund has started with the aim of finding the UK’s next big video game.
The UK Games Fund was put in place to support UK video game projects and develop video game talent in the UK, and invites developers to apply for grants to help their games get made. So far, the initiative has given out £1.3m in UK government grants.
Matt Hancock MP, the minister of state for digital and culture, said: “The UK is a world leader when it comes to making video games, and we’re determined to make sure this continues long into the future.
“Our UK Games Fund has already helped many young games companies turn prototypes into a reality. Together with the Government’s video games tax reliefs this shows how we’re supporting this dynamic sector to attract further investment and new talent.”
In a press release, the government suggest that the UK’s video games sector contributes £84 billion to the economy each year, playing “a vital role in the country’s thriving creative industries.”
CEO of UKIE, Dr Jo Twist OBE, said “The UK is home to some of the world’s best and brightest creative games talent, and support from the UK Games Fund has already helped many projects get a much needed boost towards development and funding. The fantastic games that have already emerged from previous rounds shows what a huge asset this fund is to the games sector in the UK, and Ukie is proud to continue supporting the project through this next round.”