It’s a proud day for Welsh gaming development as yesterday the winners of this years Tranzfuser competition held at EGX were announced. There were 2 overall winners which mean both development teams will be awarded £25,000 from the Government’s UK Games Fund. This is a new scheme setup to support companies to become more diverse and innovative, and to help create new games made by the best talent the UK has to offer.
This basically means the winning development teams can benefit from this grant which will allow them to improve their games. The games were voted for as great ideas from the demos they produced at Tranzfuser in the Euro Gamer Expo 2017. If you’ve never heard of it, Tranzfuser is a talent program run by UK Games Talent where upcoming graduate level development teams can apply, and if you get through you then have 10 weeks to transform your concept and idea into a working demo. This will then be be showcased in front of thousands of games fans at EGX. Each team is given £5,000 and support from veteran games makers involved in Tranzfuser Local Hubs setup across several universities in the UK.
6 teams from Wales got through to the finals out of 23 including:
University of South Wales teams
- Mochi Mode – twitter.com/mochimode
- Dark Planet Studios – twitter.com/DPSwales
- Filthy Fresh Studios – twitter.com/FreshFilthy
Wrexham Glyndwr University
- Static Shell Studios – twitter.com/StaticShell
- Round Square Studios – twitter.com/RSGames
- Ethereal – twitter.com/Etherealgamesuk
I am excited to announce Mochi Mode were chosen as winners! Alongside Shuttershade Studios from Huddersfield, Mochi Mode have been given a £25,000 grant.
Both the judges and the public loved the art style and concept behind Mochi Mode’s game, where you use simple touch controls in order to herd adorable cows through different obstacles and locations in order to help them reach safety.
I am happy for Mochi Mode as I met them while they were preparing for the event, and after enjoying their game, I got to have a chat with members of the team. I can tell you they are a friendly bunch who are dedicated, work hard and deserve this prize, so congratulations!
For the remaining 21 runner up teams involved, including the 5 teams from Wales, there has been a new unique program named “Tranzfuser Accelerator” where each team will receive tailor made consultancy packages in order to help give them the best chance possible of successfully applying to the UK Games Fund individually. Good luck to everyone involved!