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General information about Tranzfuser 2020. This information was relevant only to this year’s competition.

What can I win if I apply?

At time of selection, teams will be awarded a £5,000 award (paid in two installments) to support the development of the project.

At the national video games showcase event later in the year Tranzfuser teams pitch to get support from the UK Games Fund; a grant of up to £20,000 for the development costs of the project to be taken to market could be won.

Do I need to apply with a complete game idea?

No, but we expect application forms to cover the core premise of the idea along with a draft project plan.

Please note you will be competing against teams who have prototypes at different stages of development from a blank sheet of paper to projects that have been worked on for some time.

I have work commitments over the competition period. Can I still apply?

It is expected that all core team members will be committed to development on a full time basis for the duration of the competition. Core team members cannot have full time jobs or be studying full time whilst participating.  Part time work is permitted.

Please do not apply if your team members are unable to commit to this as you will be required to sign a Team Participation Agreement which states that team members are not working full time and this document is legally binding.

I’m interested in Tranzfuser, but I don’t want to be a Team Leader. Can I still get involved?

You’ll need to identify someone who would act as Team Leader for the application.

What do I do if I want to apply but I’m not already in a team?

Complete the Team Member Search Form and we will do our best to help you fill in the gaps.

Team Member Search Form

Someone in my team has worked in the Games Industry. Can he/she still join my team?

Yes, but they must meet the definition of ‘graduate’ as outlined on the Competition Information page.

Are we able to use contractors for development?

Teams can use contractors during the competition. They would not be considered as core team members and it is up to the Tranzfuser team to have appropriate working agreements / contracts in place with contractors. Contractors must meet the competition criteria outlined for core team members.

Is it essential that applicants have experience in games development?

Applicants can be from disciplines other than those related to games development but they will be required to demonstrate how the core team will be shaped to enable them to deliver their prototype successfully.

Who will pay for travel costs to the Tranzfuser Local Hubs?

The Team Leader will be designated to manage the £5,000 development grant, you will cover all costs associated with the development of the project, though your team must indicate their agreement to the budget.

Will I retain the IP in my project?

Yes. We never take ownership of IP. However for the duration of the competition we will hold your IP in trust to manage disputes.

I don’t have access to a Tranzfuser Local Hub – how do I get involved?

You can apply to any Local Hub in the UK, it is not limited to your local region.  Teams will be required to pay for any living or travel costs associated with accessing their selected Local Hub.


Approach a local University or enterprise hub regarding becoming a Local Hub. They will need to contact us directly to find out further information.

How will my application be assessed?

Assessment will be made by UK Games Talent and Finance and the Local Hub Coordinator.

We've been working on our concept already. Are we still able to apply?

Whilst we don’t want to penalise teams for already having developed their idea / game, the selection process needs to be a fair for all participants. If you have been working on a concept for a long period of time this will be taken into consideration at judging level via your application. You should demonstrate what you are going to achieve over the summer, how participating will contribute to the success of your game and how you are going to make use of your time effectively to develop what you have further.

Our business is already established. Are we still able to apply?

Teams who have a business entity set up are advised to consider applying directly to UK Games Fund (when calls for applications are open).

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