Rob Farthing, University of Portsmouth, BSc Computer Games Technology

Tranzfuser offers funding for graduate games developers

tranzfuser_Logo_CMYKBrought to you by UK Games Talent, Tranzfuser is an innovative graduate talent development programme funded by the UK Government.

Working with a host of regional contributors, Tranzfuser is designed to provide a platform for creative leaders of the future to showcase their skills and talent.

Taking teams all the way from concept and prototyping through to publishing the teams are given 10 weeks to work on their project and produce a demo that may be selected for the Tranzfuser showcase event.

Tranzfuser is an excellent opportunity for graduates who:

  • Have a game idea they’d like to develop further
  • Have the ambition to set up their own games studio
  • Would like to develop their talent and skills further in the games industry

[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”From exhibiting at EGX in Birmingham to meeting the other fantastic indie teams, taking part in Tranzfuser was an incredible experience, which we would recommend to anyone eligible to take part.” – Curvish[/pullquote]

The process*

  • Build a team – You can apply to be a team leader, an individual leader or seek out a leader who is forming a team. Teams should be between 4-6 people.
  • Get local support – Where available, team leaders have access to local Tranzfuser Regional Hubs, where team members, mentors & industry experts can meet and participate in events
  • Get funding –  Successful team leaders are awarded £5,000 to allocate as they choose for the duration of the project to produce their demo.
  • Commercialise your game – Selected teams will be invited to pitch at the showcase event for follow-up funding of up to £25,000 from the UK Games Fund to commercialise their game and launch a company. The selected teams are also supported as one of the UK Games Fund portfolio companies and will be highlighted at the London Games Festival.

The 2016 winners

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Out of the eighteen teams who developed a game, six teams secured UK Games Fund grants to help fund their projects. The winning teams are:

  • Curvish – Scotland
  • Mountain Walrus – Scotland
  • Cold Sun Studios – South Yorkshire
  • Astro Manatee – South Yorkshire
  • Miracle Tea Studios – South East England
  • Shiny Happy People – London

After pitching their games at EGX in Birmingham, Curvish have been awarded with a grant of £25,000 to help develop their game and studio, while the remaining five teams won £10,000 each.

“We’re thrilled to be selected for £25,000 funding from the UK Games Fund to develop Curvish,” says Team Leader Calum Sinclair.

“This funding will allow us the creative freedom to independently develop our game and quickly bring it to market across a wide range of platforms. From exhibiting at EGX in Birmingham to meeting the other fantastic indie teams, taking part in Tranzfuser was an incredible experience, which we would recommend to anyone eligible to take part.”

*Process is based on Tranzfuser 2016 and is subject to change at the organisers discretion.  Further details will be announced via Tranzfuser Website / Twitter in due course.


If you’d like to enter Tranzfuser 2017, go to the Tranzfuser website for the dates and criteria, and keep an eye out on  @ukgamestalent twitter for updates!

 

Genie Todd | 27 October 2016

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