Support for the Development of Video Games

Next Call will be under the 2021-2027 programme

Available Funding

The total budget for 2020 is estimated at €3.78 million. The total grant awarded can range from €10,000 to €150,000 and must be 50% match funded.

Eligible Applicants

This scheme is for companies who have produced at least one recently published video game who wish to invest in the development of a new video game concept or prototype. 

This scheme supports European independent video games companies with proven experience who want to develop up to an alpha or beta version of a narrative-led video game.

Applicant companies must:

  • Be established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and be majority owned by nationals from those countries
  • Be registered for a minimum of 12 months and have video game production as their main business activity
  • Own the majority of the rights to the project for which support is being sought

Applicants companies must also be able to demonstrate that they have developed/produced one previous narrative-led video game. This game must:

  • Be credited to the applicant company (personal credits or any work contracted/sub-contracted by another company cannot be considered).
  • Have been commercially distributed (demonstrated by a relevant sales report showing revenues generated between 1 January 2017 and the date the application is submitted)

Eligible Projects

Narrative-led video games regardless of platform or expected distribution method which are intended for commercial exploitation. The story must be told or shown throughout the whole game (in-game storytelling) and not only as an introduction or an ending to the game. In all cases the video game must be intended for commercial exploitation. The production phase (see guidelines for definition) of the submitted project must not be scheduled to occur within 8 months from the date of application.

The following projects are not eligible (these relate to both the track record project and the project for which support is being sought):

  • Tools and software services aimed solely at technological development and/or used solely for further developing already existing game concepts
  • Information or purely transactional services.
  • Projects promoting tourism
  • Multimedia art projects and installations
  • Websites being, or dedicated specifically to, social platforms, social networking, internet forums, blogs or similar activities
  • Projects including pornographic or racist material or advocating violence
  • Works of a promotional nature being part of a promotional campaign or advertising for a specific product and/or brand
  • Institutional productions to promote a specific organisation or its activities
  • Platforms for games (interactive) e-books, interactive fictions, interactive animations, interactive documentaries.
  • Puzzle games, memory games, sports games, racing games, running games, rhythm/singing/dancing games, social games, quiz games, party games.

How to Apply

  • Detailed information on how to apply to all Creative Europe MEDIA schemes is available on this page.  
  • Guidelines and documents relating to the Video Games Development Scheme are here.  
  • Please pay particular attention to the list of Annexes to be attached to your application form.
  • Have a look at our Funded Projects page if you would like to get an idea of the kind of projects that have been funded under this scheme.

We are here to help, so please do contact Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office or MEDIA Office Galway, if you have any questions regarding your application.