Now is the time to act if you plan to apply for funding from the EU’s Creative Europe program for your next game development project.
In order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European video game developers and increase the diversity of games available to European and international audiences, the European Union supports the development of video games.
“Creative Europe will help tens of thousands of culture and audiovisual professionals to reach new audiences in Europe and beyond and to break into new markets,” explains Maciej Szymanowicz, who works with the Creative Europe program in the European Commission. “The investment from the EU also supports development of video games, which offer a unique combination of artistic creativity, technological innovation and business skills. While video games companies may of course benefit from the EU support programs like Horizon 2020 or COSME, which focus on technological and business innovation, the specific goal of Creative Europe is to provide assistance in developing highly creative narrative video games with ground-breaking artistic content.”
Funding is available for the development of innovative narrative games intended for commercial distribution. European game developers with previous experience are eligible to apply for support, which range from 10,000 – 150,000 euros. The funding can be used for development work up to completion of a first playable prototype. Creative Europe can support a maximum 50 per cent of costs incurred during this phase.
Deadline for applications is 26 March. It is recommended to contact your national Creative Europe Desk before commencing work on an application. National Creative Europe Desks contacts here.
Creative Europe video game development support information here.
Accompanying image from the game Hunger, developed by Tarsier Studios with the support of the Creative Europe program.