For the first time ever, in 2018 the UK Games Fund will be running an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the UK’s independent games development industry. Wales has quite a few small indie studios and startups and it’s been so fantastic to see them doing so well in Transfuzer, with Mochi Mode, based in Cardiff, winning in 2017. The UK Games Fund is a community interest non profit which provides funding and support to the UK games development sector in the early stages.
The final awards will take place in Dundee on November 14th, but the judging panel have just released their shortlisted nominees, whittled down from a massive selection of UK indie talent. The judges included Dr Joe Twist, Richard Leinfellner, Haydn Taylor, Andy Williams and Paddy Burns. Respectively CEO of Ukie, Goldsmiths University lecturer, Games Industry Biz writer, DC Thomson Media representative and co-founder of 4J Studios.
There are 9 categories total, with each category having three shortlisted and we were incredibly happy to see Wales being represented five times.
Here are the shortlisted categories, with the Welsh representation in bold with details.
Early Audience Experts
- Gary Burchell of Fireblade Software
- Katie Nelson of Blueprint Digital Media
- Samurai Duck Studios – Wrexham based Samurai Duck Studios are part of Transfuzer 2018. They are working on their first game, Eden’s Grasp.
- Richard Hebblewhite from Wrexham Glyndŵr University – Richard has helped the Welsh (and UK wide) indie industry tremendously through his work at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, as well as organizing Level.Up Wales, and being an organizer for Global Game Jam.
- Steven Huckle from The Games Hub
- Adam Boyne from BetaJester
Deal of the Year
- Fourth State
- Tom Beardsmore (Coatsink)
- Tony Gowland (Ant Workshop)
Studio of the Year
- Brightrock Games
- Cooperative Innovations
- Frank Arnot (Stormcloud Games)
- Tom Beardsmore (Coatsink)
- Olly Bennett (Cardboard Sword)
Game Development Genius
- Ian Hardingham (Mode 7 Games)
- Matt Wieteska (Six to Start)
- Rob Hewson (Huey Games Ltd)
- Six to Start
- Huey Games Ltd
- Pocket Sized Hands
- BetaJester Ltd
- Static Shell Studios – Welsh trio Static Shell Studios are currently working on Sunburnt, a unique co-op game where you kill zombies with light and try to survive the night. Sunburnt is currently available on Steam Early Access.
Tranzfuser Local Hub of the Year
A big congratulations to every single nominee above, but we have our fingers crossed for our Welsh representatives! We’ll find out who the winners are on 14th November and report back to you. You can visit the UK Games Funds website for more information on how they support the independent game development industry in the UK, and follow them on Twitter for all the news, including to follow this years Transfuzer competition.
Follow the Welsh Gaming Network on Twitter for news and information about gaming across Wales!