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Call now open: Video Game Development

A scheme that supports European independent video games companies with proven experience who want to develop up to an alpha or beta version of a narrative-led video game.

Overview

What does it do?
This scheme supports European independent video games companies with proven experience who want to develop up to an alpha or beta version of a narrative-led video game.

What's available?
The total budget for 2015 is estimated at €2.5 million.
The total grant awarded can range from €10,000 to €150,000 and must be 50% match funded.

Who can apply?
Applicant companies must:

  • Be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and be majority owned by nationals from those countries
  • Be registered for a minimum of 12 months and have video game production as their main business activity
  • Own the majority of the rights to the project for which support is being sought


Applicants companies must also be able to demonstrate that they have developed/produced one previous narrative-led video game.
This game must:

  • Be credited to the applicant company (personal credits or any work contracted/sub-contracted by another company cannot be considered)
  • Have been commercially distributed (demonstrated by a relevant sales report showing revenues generated between 1 January 2013 and the date the application is submitted)


Which projects are eligible?
Narrative-led video games regardless of platform or expected distribution method which are intended for commercial exploitation. The production phase of the submitted project must not be scheduled to occur within 8 months from the date of application. The following projects are not eligible (these relate to both the track record project and the project for which support is being sought):

  • tools and software services aimed solely at technological development and/or used solely for further developing already existing game concepts
  • information or purely transactional services
  • projects promoting tourism
  • multimedia art projects and installations
  • websites being, or dedicated specifically to, social platforms, social networking, internet forums, blogs or similar activities
  • projects including pornographic or racist material or advocating violence
  • works of a promotional nature being part of a promotional campaign or advertising for a specific product and/or brand
  • institutional productions to promote a specific organisation or its activities
  • platforms for games
  • (interactive) e-books, interactive fictions, interactive animations, interactive documentaires
  • puzzle games, memory games, sports games, racing games, running games, rhythm/singing/dancing games, social games, quiz games, party games.

 

For further information and how to apply go to the Creative Europe website.