Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries, and its ambition is to see Scotland recognised as one of the world’s most creative nations and with a cultural economy that exceeds the UK average and contributes to sustainable economic growth.
Creative Scotland seeks to invest in distinctive and engaging digital interactive media content. It has a £500,000 Innovation programme with an application deadline of 23 September 2011. It will seek projects that contribute to the development of the creative industries and foster innovation in Scotland. Guidelines and application form can be found here: http://www.creativescotland.com/investment/investment-programmes/innovation-fund
Creative Scotland has already made a range of investments in interactive content. Beauty Town, a Facebook game by Dynamo Games in Dundee is just about to complete a Beta phase and be actively promoted. Dynamo Games has taken its award winning skills in mobile gaming to a new level with this creative social networking game. Beauty Town offers a fun way to engage with fashion and style through communication and a frisson of entrepreneurship. Creative Scotland have also just completed terms on an investment into Digital Adaptations – The Thirty Nine Steps, an interactive adaptation of the John Buchan novel by the digital arm of Tern Television.
Morgan Petrie, Portfolio Manager – Technology, Digital Media and Market Development explains the company’s reasons for joining TIGA:
”Scotland has produced a succession of world-class interactive titles and Dundee currently ranks as the third best location for games development in the EU. Scotland's games sector contributes over £30m to the economy annually, and Creative Scotland wants to make sure we celebrate and support the talent and creativity of the companies and people who work here. TIGA has been a relentless and vocal campaigner on behalf of the Scottish video games industry. Creative Scotland is joining TIGA to ensure we work effectively with the industry.”
Dr. Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO welcomed the organisation to TIGA:
“TIGA has consistently championed the world renowned Scottish video games industry in political circles and in the media. Many Scottish video games businesses are already TIGA members. Now that Creative Scotland is a TIGA member we will be able to coordinate activities to support the Scottish video game industry still more effectively. I am delighted that Creative Scotland has joined TIGA and I am looking forward to working with them to advance the interests of the Scottish video games industry.”
Notes to editors:
TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have games publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership. TIGA was awarded ‘Trade Association of the Year’ and the ‘Member Recruitment Award’ at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2010. TIGA has also been named as a finalist in the 2010 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) National Management and Leadership Awards in the category of ‘The Outstanding Organisation of the Year Award (SME)’. TIGA is an ‘Investors in People’ accredited organisation.
TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members. This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.
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