IM Company Receive Grant From UK Games FundApril 26, 2017
Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock recently announced the third round of winners of the £25k UK Games Fund grant which included Ipswich based developers Fourth State and Sketchbook Games, who are part of the Innovation Martlesham Incubator. They have been awarded the grant to help with the development of their debut title Lost Words. The game takes place in a diary and features a story written by Rhianna Pratchett about a young girl aspiring to be a writer who tries to cope with the loss of her gran by escaping to a fantastical imaginary world.
Aimed at helping creative young businesses get concepts off the drawing board and into production, the £4 million UK Games fund was set up to further growth, nurture talent and provide additional support to the sector which is recognised globally for its creativity and skill.
Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said: “I am proud of our global reputation for excellence in games development and hope this cash boost helps these projects become the leading games of tomorrow”.
Paul Durrant, Managing Director, UK Games Talent and Finance CIC said: “Interest in the UK Games Fund has continued at exceptionally high level, reflecting the potential of this sector to continue to contribute to future economic growth. This broad regional spread of talent shows how young games development businesses continue to have potential contribute to productivity increases across the UK”.
The UK Games Fund has received more than 500 applications from young businesses since the initiative launched in 2015 and has only awarded 55 grants so far.