By doing a simple internet search for ‘tips for game developers’, you are met with a dizzying array of top tips, success guides, business tips and marketing guides to choose from. If you’re a game developer start-up working alone, there is a lot of support and advice on offer, perhaps too much, and you might prefer advice from one source, particularly if you’re just starting out.
The Welsh Government actively supports the games industry through a number of initiatives, including a pilot of Greenshoots, an incubation programme for game developers who can bid for funding for up to £25,000 towards building a new game. The grant can be used towards building new gaming titles for games console, PC and mobile platforms.
Greenshoots has been running in collaboration with Creative England over the past two years and provides game developers with the funding, business support and mentoring they require to make commercially successful games.
If you’re interested in applying, the closing date for applications is 25 September 2015 and games need to be delivered by March 2016 with a view to showcasing in May 2016. The Welsh Government and Microsoft will jointly review applications.
The games industry in the UK is worth around £1billion and in Wales, is a rapidly growing sector within the creative industries, as noted by Economy Minister Edwina Hart of the Welsh Government last month.