We like puzzle games and want to support more people in making them. So, we’re offering grants to independent game designers from traditionally underrepresented groups, to work on grid-based puzzle games. Approximately 3-6 people will each receive between $3,000-$20,000 to use to complete their games.
What kind of game development are these grants intended for?
We’re giving out these grants in conjunction with a game project we’re developing ourselves, and that project is setting the theme: puzzle games that take place on a discrete grid where the interesting gameplay comes from unique rules governing the behavior of the objects.
These games may involve block pushing, or they may be about manipulating more-complex objects that occupy grid squares. Here are some examples of games we like that fall into this general area:
- Jelly no Puzzle by Qrostar
- Aunt Flora’s Mansion by Anna Anthropy
- Snakebird by Noumenon Games
- Yankai’s Peak by Kenny Sun
- Stephen’s Sausage Roll by Stephen Lavelle
- and in general see the games on the PuzzleScript Gallery
We prefer to support new work with these grants but may also consider funding the porting of existing games to new platforms if you make a good case for it.
How will the design of submitted games be implemented?
You can implement your design any way you like. We do require the games to be actually running video games (no paper prototypes or board games, for example; those things are fine in themselves, they’re just not what this grant is for.)
How will the grant funds be awarded? Who owns the resulting work?
Smaller grants will be given 100% up front. Larger grants may be given out in milestones, with the first milestone paid up front, later funding being contingent upon completing earlier milestones.
You own what you make with this grant. We seek no rights to the resulting game and there are no strings attached. You can release your game commercially or non-commercially. We do not care what platform you build your game for (PC, console, phone, whatever else), or what the revenue model is if the game is commercial.
Who is eligible?
These grants are intended to support creators who are underrepresented in today’s game industry or who do not receive much support from the existing structure. If any of the following descriptions apply to you, you are eligible.
* Trans or Gender non-binary
* People of Color
* Not from North America, Europe or another western nation
* English is not your first language
* People with mental health issues
This list is not exhaustive. If you have any question about eligibility, just put in your submission via the form below and ask, and we’ll get back to you.
In addition to the other eligibility requirements, you need to have the time and inclination to work on your game idea and develop it into a playable state.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in applying, please follow this link and submit by April 23: https://goo.gl/forms/DfQAedGzdF45gaFq1
Include the following:
- A brief paragraph about who you are
- A brief paragraph about your game idea
- The amount you are requesting - include a breakdown of how you will use the total grant amount
- Links to your in-progress or past work
What is the deadline for applications / When and how will recipients be selected?
Submissions close on April 23, 2018. Recipients will be chosen by a jury of independent game designers. We will notify recipients by May 18, 2018.
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