During The University of Abertay’s Digital Spark Conference - which began today, 5 August - culture secretary Fiona Hyslop announced that seven Scottish computer games developers had been offered grants to help get their products to markets.
The Prototype Fund is a UK wide scheme supported by the European Regional Development Fund, Scottish Government and Abertay University. It offers grants of up to £25,000 in an effort to help small businesses create prototypes of games and other interactive digital content. In the greater sense, it wants to foster economic growth, create jobs, and improve skills in the digital sector.
The latest seven start-ups have been offered a combined £175,000 and have brought the total number of Scottish companies benefitting from the scheme to 20 - around 47 in total have received grants.
Software and electronic publishing was worth almost £1 billion to the Scottish economy in 2010.
Professor Nigel Seaton, principal and vice-chancellor of Abertay University, said: “The Fund is designed specifically to fill a gap in the market by unlocking trapped value so as to stimulate economic growth and the creation of new jobs, and Digital Spark complements this by facilitating knowledge transfer of issues and strategies to optimise the exploitation of creativity and intellectual property on which the digital industries – especially the vibrant sectors in Dundee and across Scotland – depend for success.”