Initiative launched in October 2015 provides new studios with grants of up to £50,000

Futurlab, Spilt Milk and Secret Police among first winners of UK Games Fund

The first 24 recipients of the UK Government’s Games Fund have been announced.

Running until 2019, the fund provides grants of up to £50,000 to back games projects, encourage the creation of jobs and support up-and-coming devs with a number of talent development initatives.

It was originally launched in October 2015, with a £4 million investment from the Government.

New studios can be granted up to £25,000 for an initial working game prototype, with a limited number of these being provided with a further £25,000 to progress beyond the prototype phase.

The first round winners of the fund, of which there are 24, include: Atomicom, Cardboard Sword, Clever Beans, Coatsink Software, Fallen Tree Games, Futurlab (Velocity 2x pictured), 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.

Managed by UK Games Talent and Finance, the fund also includes collaborations with Digital Catapult, BAFTA, Ukie, Tiga, Creative England, Creative Scotland and BFI.

"The level of creative activity in the UK’s games development sector is running at record levels,” said Paul Durrant, MD of UK Games Talent and Finance.

“The 100 plus applications we received to the first round of the UK Games Fund has surpassed any of the rounds in our previous fund.

“Our new portfolio of supported companies represent the first members of our talent-led movement to build on the UK’s creative strengths in video games development."

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