Introducing the 2021/22 Cohort for Games Scale Up, the industry-leading games business development programme

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Creative Enterprise is excited to announce the new Game Scale Up cohort for 2021/22! The 12 companies are embarking on a six-month programme that will equip them with the skills and knowledge to scale up their operations and take their business to the next level.  The participants will attend a series of masterclasses, workshops and networking opportunities with industry-leading experts. 

The Creative Enterprise: Games Scale Up is a prestigious 6-month programme, developed in partnership between Creative England and games trade body Ukie, to support games developers, publishers or support services. The programme has been devised with industry leaders for games businesses who are looking to develop and grow their business. 

 

The 2021/22 Games Scale Up cohort are:

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Arrogant Pixel’s mission is to deliver unexpected, quirky and genre subverting gaming experiences with a lot of heart. They are best known for releasing “The Tale of Doris and the Dragon – Episode 1″​, a ‘point and click’​ adventure that proved hugely popular on several indie portals such as Newgrounds in 2015. Today, Arrogant Pixel is a team of eight game developers based in London.

 

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BetaJester Ltd is an interactive digital experiences outfit based in Yorkshire, UK. They focus on developing bespoke VR, AR, and gaming solutions to our client’s problems. We are a versatile team and our work over the last few years has included building virtual employee training environments, 360° marketing tools, and building prototypes to test brand new game ideas. We’re always looking to work with highly motivated companies and individuals interested in exploring how these immersive and innovative technologies can improve their business, both internally and externally. We’re currently working on our brand new comedy-horror VR game, so be sure to follow us on your social media of choice for more info!

 

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They create world class interactive experiences for global audiences.

Arrogant Pixel’s mission is to deliver unexpected, quirky and genre subverting gaming experiences with a lot of heart. They are best known for releasing “The Tale of Doris and the Dragon – Episode 1″​, a ‘point and click’​ adventure that proved hugely popular on several indie portals such as Newgrounds in 2015. Today, Arrogant Pixel is a team of eight game developers based in London.

 

BetaJester Ltd is an interactive digital experiences outfit based in Yorkshire, UK. They focus on developing bespoke VR, AR, and gaming solutions to our client’s problems. We are a versatile team and our work over the last few years has included building virtual employee training environments, 360° marketing tools, and building prototypes to test brand new game ideas. We’re always looking to work with highly motivated companies and individuals interested in exploring how these immersive and innovative technologies can improve their business, both internally and externally. We’re currently working on our brand new comedy-horror VR game, so be sure to follow us on your social media of choice for more info!

 

They create world class interactive experiences for global audiences.

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Brain and Nerd’s diverse and curious team of creatives have worked on ambitious and original titles for PC and console for almost a decade, punching above its weight with a focus on R&D and original technical solutions. The studio prides itself on supporting an inclusive and diverse workforce and won Best Studio in the NI Game Awards 2019/20 in recognition of its efforts.

Brain and Nerd released its first title, Predestination, in 2019, and is currently working on two original new titles: Hortalius is an ambient exploration game with a shrunken protagonist who finds themselves lost in a back garden, and INCubator is a tongue-in-cheek startup management tycoon game.

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Multi-award-winning studio that creates, consults and collaborates on immersive digital experiences with a strong focus on reading and literacy.

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Gesinimo Games was made to makes games with the motto of “exaggerate life, built with heart and made to feel great to play again”, it means exploring things that may otherwise be a non-starter for others, releasing on plethora of platforms and creating a certain magic from that, this can be seen from the types of titles made.

Brain and Nerd’s diverse and curious team of creatives have worked on ambitious and original titles for PC and console for almost a decade, punching above its weight with a focus on R&D and original technical solutions. The studio prides itself on supporting an inclusive and diverse workforce and won Best Studio in the NI Game Awards 2019/20 in recognition of its efforts.

Brain and Nerd released its first title, Predestination, in 2019, and is currently working on two original new titles: Hortalius is an ambient exploration game with a shrunken protagonist who finds themselves lost in a back garden, and INCubator is a tongue-in-cheek startup management tycoon game.

Multi-award-winning studio that creates, consults and collaborates on immersive digital experiences with a strong focus on reading and literacy.

Gesinimo Games was made to makes games with the motto of “exaggerate life, built with heart and made to feel great to play again”, it means exploring things that may otherwise be a non-starter for others, releasing on plethora of platforms and creating a certain magic from that, this can be seen from the types of titles made.

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Kaizen Game Works was formed by Oli Clarke Smith and Phil Crabtree, combining their twenty-eight years of industry experience to develop games with personality and driven by story interaction.

Kaizen’s first title, Paradise Killer, was released in September 2020 and received extremely positive player reviews and critical acclaim. Kaizen are now working on a new unannounced title.

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Singer Studios is a UK-based production company and creative studio that specialises in a new frontier of entertainment. Bringing the next generation of storytelling, Singer Studios creates brand new storyworlds that can be watched, felt and played around the world. Led by award-winning producer Eloise Singer, best known for Billie Piper’s critically acclaimed directing debut Rare Beasts, Express Delivery and upcoming film The Last Rifleman starring Pierce Brosnan.

Singer Studios has just been nominated for the Raindance 2021 Best Immersive Game & Discovery award for Best Debut with their interactive experience called The Pirate Queen. This multi-media narrative currently in production is produced through support from Creative England & BFI Screenskills. The studio specialise in developing media spanning across games, films, podcasts, documentaries and interactive media.

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Sketchbook Games have recently released the multi-award winning Lost Words: Beyond the Page, an atmospheric adventure about a young girl aspiring to be a writer while dealing with the loss of her gran. Written by Rhianna Pratchett, the game is set between the pages of a diary and a fantasy land, and was nominated for an IGF award for Excellence in Narrative and won the Develop Star award for Best Innovation.

Kaizen Game Works was formed by Oli Clarke Smith and Phil Crabtree, combining their twenty-eight years of industry experience to develop games with personality and driven by story interaction.

Kaizen’s first title, Paradise Killer, was released in September 2020 and received extremely positive player reviews and critical acclaim. Kaizen are now working on a new unannounced title.

Singer Studios is a UK-based production company and creative studio that specialises in a new frontier of entertainment. Bringing the next generation of storytelling, Singer Studios creates brand new storyworlds that can be watched, felt and played around the world. Led by award-winning producer Eloise Singer, best known for Billie Piper’s critically acclaimed directing debut Rare Beasts, Express Delivery and upcoming film The Last Rifleman starring Pierce Brosnan.

Singer Studios has just been nominated for the Raindance 2021 Best Immersive Game & Discovery award for Best Debut with their interactive experience called The Pirate Queen. This multi-media narrative currently in production is produced through support from Creative England & BFI Screenskills. The studio specialise in developing media spanning across games, films, podcasts, documentaries and interactive media.

Sketchbook Games have recently released the multi-award winning Lost Words: Beyond the Page, an atmospheric adventure about a young girl aspiring to be a writer while dealing with the loss of her gran. Written by Rhianna Pratchett, the game is set between the pages of a diary and a fantasy land, and was nominated for an IGF award for Excellence in Narrative and won the Develop Star award for Best Innovation.

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Supergonk is an independent video game developer located in the vibrant creative hub of Guildford, UK. We create games for consoles, PC and mobile platforms, and pride ourselves on creating innovative new experiences and titles with never-before-seen game mechanics.

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Thunkd creates evening-sized narrative games. It’s first title – The Magnificent Trufflepigs – was released in 2021 on PC and Switch, and it is now working on a slate of future projects that will cement its place as a leading developer of narrative games.

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Whitepot Studios is an award-winning game development studio est. 2016, creating games & digital solutions for own-IP and clients.

They specialise in the Unity game engine and work across a number of platforms, including PC, Mobile, Web, and Console. Whitepot can jump in at any stage, from concept to launch. They have carried out XBox, PS4, and Switch porting work for published titles, and Unity upgrades for large mobile app studios who work with the likes of Disney.

In the past 12 months, co-founders Adam and Vicky led their team to release StarGazing, an ‘astronomically relaxing’ relaxing pattern-puzzler for iOS and Android, receiving a 4/5 Pocket Gamer review, and Ho-Ho-Home Invasion, a free festive game jam game made in under a month, to Very Positive reception on Steam and a front-page store position on itch.io.

Supergonk is an independent video game developer located in the vibrant creative hub of Guildford, UK. We create games for consoles, PC and mobile platforms, and pride ourselves on creating innovative new experiences and titles with never-before-seen game mechanics.

Thunkd creates evening-sized narrative games. It’s first title – The Magnificent Trufflepigs – was released in 2021 on PC and Switch, and it is now working on a slate of future projects that will cement its place as a leading developer of narrative games.

Whitepot Studios is an award-winning game development studio est. 2016, creating games & digital solutions for own-IP and clients.

They specialise in the Unity game engine and work across a number of platforms, including PC, Mobile, Web, and Console. Whitepot can jump in at any stage, from concept to launch. They have carried out XBox, PS4, and Switch porting work for published titles, and Unity upgrades for large mobile app studios who work with the likes of Disney.

In the past 12 months, co-founders Adam and Vicky led their team to release StarGazing, an ‘astronomically relaxing’ relaxing pattern-puzzler for iOS and Android, receiving a 4/5 Pocket Gamer review, and Ho-Ho-Home Invasion, a free festive game jam game made in under a month, to Very Positive reception on Steam and a front-page store position on itch.io.