Scottish games developers win grants of up to £25,000

Gamer thing The Prototype Fund provides grants to help firms develop games and other interactive digital media

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A scheme designed to help the computer games industry has awarded grants to seven Scottish developers.

The start-ups are the latest companies to qualify for support from the Prototype Fund.

The UK-wide initiative offers grants of up to £25,000 to help small and new businesses create prototypes of games and other interactive digital content.

It means 20 Scots firms have benefited from the scheme, 43% of all the companies supported across the UK.

The Prototype Fund is a UK-wide scheme supported by the European Regional Development Fund, Scottish government and Abertay University to help firms launch new companies and test out business opportunities in interactive media.

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The announcement was made by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop on the first day of the Digital Spark Conference at the University of Abertay in Dundee, which brings together a range of experts in Intellectual Property from academics, legal experts, business leaders, students and entrepreneurs.

Ms Hyslop said: "I am delighted to announce that a further seven Scottish companies are being offered up to £175,000 support from the Prototype Fund to develop their ideas into commercially viable products.

"Scotland is known the world over as a creative and innovative nation, with our computer games industry undoubtedly one of our global success stories.

"Indeed, software and electronic publishing was worth almost £1bn to the Scottish economy in 2010, a third of the value of our creative industries."

Professor Nigel Seaton, principal and vice-chancellor of Abertay University, said: "The fund is designed specifically to fill a gap in the market by unlocking trapped value so as to stimulate economic growth and the creation of new jobs."

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