The UK’s next generation of video game talent will compete for up to £25,000 of government funding today at the UK’s biggest consumer video games show, EGX.
The teams have been working over the summer to produce playable demos of their games and showcase them to the expected 75,000 people who will attend the show in Birmingham.
The teams will not only have to impress the thousands of game
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said: "The UK's video games industry is one of our biggest success stories and the Government's UK Games Fund exists to ensure it has access to a steady pipeline of talent.
“From concept through to publishing,
Already awarded a grant of £5,000 from UKGF, the teams have been working on their own projects with support provided by a nationwide network of
Deborah Farley, head of talent and outreach at UK Games Fund, said: “This year’s teams have been phenomenally dedicated and passionate competitors.
“Each of the 23 teams has shown commitment, innovation and tenacity in what has been a challenging
“Taking an idea from scribbles on paper to a playable demo at the UK’s largest consumer video games event is an outstanding achievement, especially when you consider the teams are new to the industry.
“Their success is in large part thanks to the support provided by our pioneering network of Local Hubs; the universities and innovation centres have gone above and beyond in their work with the teams. We’re thrilled to showcase the class of
The diverse bunch of teams have been working on a wide range of fun and innovative games, from single-player puzzle-based games to multiplayer room-scale virtual reality experiences.
“So many ups and downs over the course of the 10 weeks - from being invited to the Valve offices in Seattle to game breaking bugs that took a few days to fix.
“Game development comes with a wide range of emotions and as you can imagine at times it can be pretty stressful.
“But with the support from the UK Games Talent team, we have got Honeypot Espionage to a stage where we are excited to show it off at EGX and we can’t wait for the public to get their hands on it.”
The Tranzfuser competition is unique in being a UK-wide talent programme linked directly to a prototype fund allowing new teams to benefit from grants and peer to peer interaction with a host of other early stage games development companies.
Teams that secured support from UKGF in the first