Tranzfuser™, the innovative talent development programme from UK Games Talent and Finance CIC and funded by the UK Government, launches the 2017 competition today.
Tranzfuser 2016, the first iteration of the annual competition, saw eighteen teams from across the UK work with a £5,000 prize to develop their game. The competition ended with the teams showcasing their projects at the prestigious EGX video games festival in Birmingham, attended by over 75,000 gamers. During the show, a team of industry judges shortlisted the best games to compete for grants from £10,000 to £25,000 from the UK Games Fund to develop commercial prototypes.
Designed to provide a platform for creative leaders of the future, Tranzfuser is aimed at graduates looking to break into the games development industry, with a strong focus on getting their game to market.
Lead applicants to Tranzfuser 2017 have an opportunity to project manage the teams that they form for the Tranzfuser journey and win funds from the UK Games Fund.
Successful applicants will be invited to develop their ideas into working prototypes over the summer in a competition that culminates in a nationally recognized showcase event.
Participants will have access to Local Hubs and leading industry support where possible, providing the best knowledge-base and resources available across the UK.
Graduates are invited to apply as:
- Individuals looking to build their own team or
- Individuals on behalf of their team
Successful applicants will be awarded a £5,000 budget to allocate as they choose throughout the competition. At the showcase event in September 2017, selected teams will be invited to pitch for follow-on funding of up to £25k from the UK Games Fund to commercialise their game and launch a company.
“Tranzfuser 2016 exceeded everyone’s expectations; from the caliber of the teams participating, contribution and involvement from the Local Hubs to the showcase event at EGX” says Deborah Farley, Head of Talent and Outreach at UK Games Talent and Finance CIC.
“We were delighted to go on a see six of the teams receive UK Games Fund grant funding and to continue our support of them. This year we will be building on this success with more opportunities for teams to get involved, continued support during the competition and a showcase event to remember. This is a fabulous opportunity for any graduates looking to break into the UK Games Industry, don’t miss out!”
Where are the Local Hubs?
Final Local Hubs will be announced when teams are selected, however we can reveal that we will continue to have a presence in the following areas:
- East Scotland
- North East England
- South East England
- South Wales
- West Scotland
- North Yorkshire
- South Yorkshire
- West Midlands
- Northern Ireland
Don’t worry if there’s no Local Hub in your area as teams can nominate a Hub to be based at via the Application form.
Interested in applying? See http://tranzfuser.com/ for more information.
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