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UK Games Fund selects winners for its Pitch Development Programme

Eight teams will receive £5,000 toward developing a playable demo to showcase this fall

The UK Games Fund has announced eight winners of Pitch Development Programme. The programme was created and funded by the UK government to help independent developers improve pitching and development skills.

The Pitch Development Programme offers an entry point for developers who can't immediately meet the requirements to apply for the UK Games Fund's £25,000 development grants (now in their fourth year). This potential route offers £5,000 cash and in-kind support up to £10,000 total, as well as the opportunity to show off a playable demo of their games at a consumer games show in the fall. They will also be able to pitch further for a £25,000 grant to further develop the game in 2019.

The winning teams are:

  • Arcfire Games Ltd
  • Archway Interactive Ltd
  • Blueprint Digital Media
  • Dumpling Media Ltd
  • Heartsman Ltd
  • Leviathan Games Ltd
  • Ocean Spark Studios Ltd
  • Wabisabi Play Ltd

Katie Nelson, head of Blueprint Media Ltd and participant in UK Games Fund's Tranzfuser 2016 competition, stated: "We are really excited about the opportunities we know will be presented by taking part in the Pitch Development Programme, and we are hoping that by implementing everything we learned last time around we will learn even more and meet new and inspiring people.

"Without these initiatives, we'd still be working almost in isolation and without all the inspiration and great feedback we have received."

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