This is by far the most substantial government funding for video game studios in Scotland. Scottish Enterprise runs a variety of programmes for companies that want to set up in Scotland. The most applicable for video game studios are:
- the regional selective assistance program (which can award up to 35% of an entity’s operating costs);
- the R&D grant which funds research and development;
- SMART, which provides funding to novel research and development projects in two stages (feasibility studies for early stage developments and R& D project grants for later stage developments); and
- Scottish seed fund (run by the Scottish Investment Bank) which awards funding to early-stage Scottish start-ups.
Examples of studios that have received Scottish Enterprise funding include: (1) Rockstar North (who received R&D grant funding), (2) Blazing Griffin (who received matched seed funding from the Scottish Investment Bank); and (3) Axis Studios (who received funding through the regional selective assistance program). More information on these funding streams can be found on the Scottish Enterprise website here.