€450,000 awarded to UK game developers

The latest results from the MEDIA sub-programme's Development: Video Games (call 19/2019) scheme have been released, with three UK companies sharing a total of €450,000, 12% of the total awarded across Europe.

The UK companies and their projects propposed for funding are:

  • Belfast-based Italic Pig and Quest Quest: The Quest for Quests - a farcical RPG adventure game and their third title to be supported under this scheme.

  • London-based The Weather Factory and Book of Hours - an elegant, melancholy, combat-free RPG set in an occult library, from the creators of BAFTA-nominated Cultist Simulator.

  • Belfast-based Brain and Nerd and Hortalius - a sandbox survival with a deep mystery narrative and a unique visual scope.

Each company received the maximum grant available per project (€150,000) to support the early development of their narrative games.

In total, 104 applications were assessed from 26 countries, 32 were selected and granted funding of €3.8 million. Over 60% of the companies will receive MEDIA development funding for the first time.

Read the full list of results on the EACEA website.

This was the final deadline for this scheme open to UK companies. Any future deadlines will fall under the new Creative Europe programme which the UK government is not looking to seek participation in.

Over the seven years of Creative Europe (2014 – 2020), 19 grants have been awarded to 15 UK companies through this scheme, totalling €2,511,332. This equates to 10% of the total funding available Europe-wide and puts the UK as the second highest beneficiary of the scheme after Germany.

Hear from previous beneficiaries about how their experiences of receiving Creative Europe funding.

Image: artwork from Brain and Nerd's Hortalius which recevied a grant of €150,000.