£50k Games Fund up for grabs as round two opens

Businesses are invited to apply for the second round of funding for grants of up to £25,000 from the UK Games Fund now that the first winners have been announced.
They have until 12 noon on Monday, April 18 to apply for the Government-backed funding, which will run until 2019 and provide grants of up to £50k to support video games projects, create jobs and help develop new talent.
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy announced the first round of winners, including at least two from Scotland, earlier this week.
He said: “The UK is home to some of the world’s most successful video games and this cash boost will help these games companies to grow their business and create the blockbusters of tomorrow.
“I hope this Fund will give them the boost and extra support they need and urge other games companies and developers to apply for funding.”
The first round of the UK Games Fund invited businesses to apply for grants to take current projects and make them into working prototype games.
It was recognised that many small businesses lack the capital to help develop their ideas and attract private investment. The Fund has been created to bridge the gap and help developers take their ideas from the drawing board and into production.
Twenty-four companies across the UK have already been selected in the first round of the UK Games Fund and will now receive grants to develop their projects.
Home to critically acclaimed games such as Batman Arkham Knight and Monument Valley, the UK’s video games sector plays a vital role in the country’s thriving creative industries.
Now worth £84 billion to the economy, the creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest success stories. Government support through things like tax credit and the UK Games Fund is helping to drive that growth.
First round winners include: Atomicom, Cardboard Sword, Clever Beans, Coatsink Software, Fallen Tree Games, Futurlab, Hewson Consultants, Noble Games, Nosebleed Interactive, Paw Print Games, Plug-in Media, Roll 7, Ruffian Games, Rumpus Animation, Semaeopus, Sensible Object, Six to Start, Slug Disco Studios, Spilt Milk Studios, Tag Games, The Secret Police, Two Way Media, White Paper Games and Yakuto.
The UK Games Fund is managed by UK Games Talent and Finance and will explore joint initiatives with organisations such as Digital Catapult, BAFTA, Ukie, Tiga, Creative England, Creative Scotland and BFI.
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