EvoRevo Ltd and Game Doctor Ltd are the latest development studios to gain support from the InGAME Team. The InGAME R&D Voucher Scheme is open to games professionals, established studios, businesses and non-profit organisations to unlock bespoke packages of academic expertise, resources and support. Organisations can apply for InGAME R&D Vouchers to explore, prototype and test new gaming concepts, tools, technologies, processes, platforms and business models.
EvoRevo Ltd will develop a prototype character backstory generator for game developers. The InGAME research team bring their extensive knowledge of procedural generation and narrative design to de-risk this project.
Gordon Ross, Founder of EvoRevo Ltd, said “I was keen to engage with the InGAME R&D Voucher Scheme when I saw it was led by the experienced games industry veteran Sean Taylor. Beyond the hook of there being a trusty pair of hands at the helm, it was the collaborative nature of the scheme that particularly interested me.
The collaboration extends to the application process and that is refreshing as neither party is left guessing about the intention of the deliverable. It’s a lot more like dealing with a games publisher than a traditional grant process.”
In June 2020, Game Doctor Ltd received Innovate UK funding to develop a mobile game assessing the knowledge and attitudes of young people towards COVID-19. The game will be developed for 8-16-year-olds and focus on coronavirus infection and vaccine development. Collaborating with researchers from the University of Stirling, Glasgow University and Queens University Belfast, the goal is to reduce anxiety and improve health behaviours.
Through the InGAME R&D Voucher Scheme, Game Doctor Ltd will validate their new hybrid game development and data licensing business model. InGAME is offering expert support through business narrative approach creation, market research, mentoring sessions and workshops.
Dr Carla Brown, Director of Game Doctor Ltd, said “It was the perfect time to apply for InGAME – Game Doctor’s business model has shifted significantly this year due to COVID and digital health uptake, and it’s great to have this expert support to help me with the transition.”
Project Director of InGAME, Sean Taylor, said: “We continue to be blown away by the quality and variety of R&D voucher project proposals. We now have 17 collaborative R&D projects in development, each helping discover and de-risk growth opportunities for the Dundee’s games sector”