Exciting new Game IPs funded through the Greenshoots programme are now available on mobile devices, with new Xbox One titles set to follow in the coming months.
The Greenshoots programme, ran by Creative England in partnership with Microsoft, invests £250k into up and coming regional indies (£25k per studio) and is now in its second year. The scheme allows companies to not only receive funding but also provides continual business development support and mentoring.
Studios selected to join Greenshoots receive exclusive access to Microsoft expertise along with free Dev Kits and opportunities to join schemes such as ID@XBOX.
The programme includes:
- Liverpool-based Mechabit
- Nottingham-based studioTickity Boom
- Wolverhampton-based Retrofist
- Two Leamington Spa- based studios; Mad Fellows and Pixel Squad
- Devon-based Total Monkery
- Cheltenham’s Close Quarter Games
Watch the showcase video below for more information on our Greenshoots programme:
Jaspal Sohal, Creative England’s Head of Digital Games & Media said:
"This years Greenshoots alumni have impressed us from the start. They’ve demonstrated creativity, technical prowess and real commitment to building compelling game experiences for their intended audiences. The games themselves cover a broad spectrum of genres and many of them are available to download right now. This is a great achievement, especially considering that for some, this is the first game they’ve taken to market.
“It’s exciting to see this standard of quality emerging from the regions across England. It goes to show what a thriving games industry we have – making not only great products but highlighting the importance of the video games sector and clusters to our local economies.”
Liam Kelly, General Manager for Developer Experience, Microsoft UK said:
“The Greenshoots program was kicked off with the intent of incubating brilliant games and more importantly to provide the developers with a platform to be commercially successful. For the first time we partnered with the ID@Xbox program and the program really benefited from bringing support to build games into the console domain. By having our partner investors and publishers in the pitching panel, this year’s games have really raised the quality bar as evident from the investor and publisher investment the studios received in addition to the funding from the program itself.
“The game industry is constantly evolving and as a platform vendor we are very much vested in the success of our developers and Greenshoots allows us to do just that."
How to Download:
Kaiju Panic by Mechabit
'Crime Coast' by Pixel Squad
'Antiques Affair' by Tickity Boom
'Fire-Fu' by Retro Fist
'Elementale' by Total Monkery
'Get A Grip' by Close Quarter Games
Read our exclusive interview with Greenshoots allum Will Mallouk discussing his game Crime Coast.
For more information on how Creative England supports emerging games studios, visit our Games page.
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