£100k dev prototype competition launched by Tiga

£100k dev prototype competition launched by Tiga
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

November 24th 2011 at 2:44PM

Winnings for successful applicants to support projects and secure future funding

A prototype building competition will be launched tomorrow by Tiga to allow participants the chance to win £25,000.

The Tiga Games Contest, in association with Abertay University and IC tomorrow, will be split into three categories, game on-the-move, games in-the-home and social web gaming, the latter of which as two prize available.

As well as £25,000 for each of the four winners, they will will also received free six-month membership with Tiga, mentoring and support from Antix Labs or Turbulenz.

The prize money will go toward building an actual prototype and also help secure further development funding on the project.

Successful applicants will be judged on their market potential, having a commercially viable business model and how they fit in with the category briefs.

“Abertay University is working hard to give start-ups and young companies the opportunity to create original IP supported by the Prototype Fund and use it to secure funding and grow their companies,” said Abertay director Paul Durrant.

“Working with Tiga, Turbulenz and Antix gives us a fantastic opportunity to improve the success potential of the companies who receive our support.”

Creative Industries minister Ed Vaizey added: “Being able to show a potential investor a prototype can make a real difference in securing all-important funding, so this competition will provide direct help to budding developers.

“I hope that it will prove key to making some brilliant ideas into successful businesses.”

The contest is part of Abertay University’s Prototype Fund, which has awarded small development companies a total of £375,000 to date.

Applications open on November 28th, with a set deadline of January 26th for entrants.

More information can be found on the competition's website here.