New £5m grant scheme for UK gaming companies opens for applications

New £5m grant scheme for UK gaming companies opens for applications
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Fri 15th Sep 2023

Games studios in the UK can now apply for grants of £50,000 - £150,000 as a result of extra funding provided by the government.

The UK Games Fund (UKGF) Content Fund was created following £5m of new finance announced earlier this year in the government's creative industries sector vision, which outlined an ambition to grow the sector by £50bn of gross value added and support a million extra jobs by 2030.

The new grants are aimed at getting games already in development ready for market.

The UK video games consumer market was valued at £7.05bn in 2022, a figure that has more than doubled since 2013.

Internationally best-selling video games made in the UK include the Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto series, Little Big Planet and Lego: Star Wars.

Speaking at video games trade body Ukie's annual general meeting in London, creative industries minister John Whittingdale said:

"Our plan is to grow the creative industries by an extra £50bn by 2030 - and we can only do that if we maximise the potential of our world-class video games industry.

"The UK’s reputation for creating video games is second to none. We want to build on that success and I’m calling on talented developers and early-stage studios to apply for the support they need to make more groundbreaking titles which thrill gamers around the world."

Alongside the new Content Fund, UKGF has a Prototype Fund which regularly provides grants of up to £25,000 to help young video game developers and early-stage studios turn their ideas into working prototype games.

Businesses can apply for the UKGF Content Fund here.

Information about the UKGF Prototype Fund is here.

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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