Commonly asked questions
The Enterprise and Employment Pathways are now in progress. The following information is supplied for reference only.
What can I win if I apply?
For each Pathway, applicants are awarded tailored packages that best support their development journey. Please refer to the relevant Pathway page for more information.
Do I need to apply with a complete game idea?
For the Enterprise and Environment Pathways: 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.
For the Employment Pathway: In the spirit of traditional game jams, the game should be a new project started from scratch for the purpose of Jamfuser.
I have work commitments over the competition. Can I still apply?
For the Enterprise and Employment Pathways: 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.
For the Employment Pathway: Teams can work to their own schedule but need to ensure that they allow themselves sufficient time to create a playable prototype fit for review.
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. Check out our Teams Board to see what is available.
What do I do if I want to apply but I'm not already in a team?
New to Tranzfuser 2021 the Teams Board will help those searching for a team to join or fill a vacancy.
Someone in my team has worked in the Games Industry. Can he/she/they still join my team?
Yes, but they must meet the Team Criteria as detailed on each Pathway information page.
Are we able to use contractors for development?
Teams can use contractors to carry out a bespoke piece of work that is not production critical and only takes up a short time to complete. They would not be considered as core team members and are in addition to meeting the team number requirements. It is up to the team to have appropriate working agreements / contracts in place with contractors. Teams are wholly responsible for any costs or expenditure incurred by the contractor. Contractors must meet the competition criteria outlined for core team members.
IS IT ESSENTIAL THAT APPLICANTS HAVE EXPERIENCE IN GAMES INDUSTRY-RELATED COURSES?
HOW WILL MY TEAM WORK WITH THE LOCAL HUB?
For the Enterprise and Environment Pathways: It is expected that teams will work remotely from their Local Hub due to current COVID restrictions. The level of support provided by a Local Hub will vary and any support offered will be agreed between each party at the beginning of the programme.
For the Employment Pathway: Teams will not have access to Local Hub support via the Employment Pathway.
If you are already connected with a Local Hub you’ll find them to be a great source of advice and information and the hub co-ordinator is directly connected with the Tranzfuser organising team to help resolve queries.
If you aren’t already aligned to one of our Local Hubs don’t be deterred from applying. We’ll work out the best way you can get involved once we see your application.
Will I retain the IP in my project after the competition?
Yes. We never take ownership of IP. However, for the Enterprise Pathway we will hold your IP in trust to manage any disputes for the duration of the competition.
I am enrolled and studying at a UK University but because of the COVID pandemic I have had to return to my home country to continue my studies online. Can I still participate as a team member on any of the Pathways?
- The team member will need to provide valid documentation from their University to state they are studying at their institution. This will take the form of an official letter on the University letter head signed by a tutor or current matriculation card.
- It is the responsibility of the team to work out appropriate workflow plans to ensure that any time zone differences are taken into consideration and this does not impact production output and final delivery of the prototype.
- International students need to ensure that they have appropriate Visa in place if they engage with employers regarding a job via the Employment route.
- Teams must keep in mind that if they are selected for UK Games Fund grant funding they will need to have a plan in place for their business being incorporated in the UK and have set up means to renumerate their employees via PAYE and comply with the bullet point above regarding all founders and employees.
How will my application be assessed?
Assessment will be made by the UK Games Talent and Finance team and where applicable 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 when assessing 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).
Still got a question?
We’ll do what we can to help with any questions that are not answered by the information supplied here.