What is are the Creative Enterprise Games Programmes?
Our Creative Enterprise Games programmes exist to help ambitious businesses get the skills, knowledge, confidence and contacts that they need to succeed.
The Games Scale Up first ran in 2020 and is a prestigious 6-month programme, developed in partnership between Creative England and Ukie, to support more experienced games businesses.
In 2021, Ukie and Creative England launched a programme targeted at earlier stage game studios and, for the first time, a programme specifically devised for technology creators and service providers adjacent to the games sector. These are our Foundations for Game Studios and Foundations for Creative Tech & Services programmes.
These earlier stage programmes run over 3 months and provide the insights, network and resources needed to grow a sustainable business.
All of our programmes have been devised with industry leaders for games businesses who are looking to develop and grow their business.
Who is it for?
We are looking to recruit 10-15 diverse businesses for each programme, with a total of up to 45 participants across the three programmes.
Applicants must demonstrate that their work in some way promotes the art, creativity and storytelling power of game making.
What is involved?
Participants will attend workshops each, delivered remotely between September 2022 and March 2023. Dependant on COVID-19 developments, we aim to also organise in-person meet-ups around wider game industry events, for the cohort to network with each other and some of the programme’s speakers.
Apply here for:
In Games Scale Up, participants who join the cohort will:
On Foundations for Game Studios, participants will take part in expert led workshops on topics such as:
On Foundations for Creative Tech & Services, participants will take part in expert-led workshops on topics such as:
All participants will receive a number of templates (such as cashflow forecasting and profit & loss templates) that will be useful, tailored for a game studio as well as access to Ukie and Creative Enterprise-specific perks including access to AWS credits.
Delivery for all core workshops is fully online, complemented by a number of in-person events organised around game industry events such as:
The Games programmes specifically look to support developers, publishers or support services, who can demonstrate that their work in some way promotes the art, creativity and storytelling power of game making and who have the potential and ambition to scale their business.
Your business must be based in the English regions outside the M25. Thanks to partnerships with InGAME and Northern Ireland Screen, we are also able to accept applications from businesses based in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Some of the areas that we will consider while assessing the applications are:
What previous participants say:
‘Last year’s Games Scale Up programme really gave me the skills, confidence and ambition I needed to take Supergonk to the next level. Our team already had strong game development skills, but our business planning and strategic ambition were areas where I thought we could improve. The programme gave me access to expert advice and, importantly, a group of other founders who are in the same kind of position with which to share knowledge. I found that taking part in the Games Scale Up programme fundamentally shifted my focus to act and think like a business ready and able to scale. – Ben Ward, Founder, Supergonk
“Being part of the Games Scale Up programme was a key moment for me and Huey Games, helping clarify my thinking and shift the direction we needed to go in as a business; shaping where to look for investment and leading to real, tangible growth for the company over the last 18 months.” – Rob Hewson, Huey Games, Games Scale Up
How to apply
You are required to fill in an application at these links. We also accept audio-only and video applications.:
If you are unsure which programme suits you best, you can book a call with the Creative Enterprise team here, to explore your options. We highly encourage you to look at the application forms by starting an applications before having your call.