IC tomorrow has launched the ‘Digital Innovation Contest – Games’ in partnership with some of the UK’s biggest games and tech brands – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), Crytek UK, Intel, Google Chrome, ODEON Cinemas and Pinewood Studios. The contest is offering a total funding pot of up to £125k (five awards of up to £25k) to encourage digital innovation in the games sector, and is open to any EU-based companies or developers.
In addition to receiving £25k in prototype funding, while also retaining their intellectual property, winners will benefit from the exposure to a range of key games stakeholders and the opportunity to test their proposed prototype in partnership with the relevant contest partner. To apply, it’s not necessary to have an existing app or service, or to be currently active in the games industry.
The five challenge categories are:
- ‘Second-screen use in a game’ supported by SCEE
- ‘New markets and perceptual computing’ supported by Intel
- ‘Wider games distribution on mobile web’ supported by Google Chrome
- ‘Open street map data’ supported by Crytek UK
- ‘Games and cinema’ supported by ODEON Cinemas and Pinewood Studios.
Potential applicants are encouraged to come along to the briefing event on Thursday 19 September in London (2-6pm at Rich Mix, E1 6LA). It will be a great opportunity for anyone who is thinking about entering the contest to hear about the challenges directly from the contest partners and ensure their application fits the judging criteria. The briefing will be available to watch via live webinar for anyone who is unable to attend in person. Register your place at https://bit.ly/gamesbriefing
The application deadline is 12 noon, Wednesday 16 October and the contest final will be held on Wednesday 13 November in London (venue TBC).
For full details and to apply, please visit https://bit.ly/dicgames