The CD PROJEKT Capital Group has been granted nearly 30 million PLN in R&D funding in the first edition of the GameINN sectoral development program, organized by the National Center for Research and Development (NCBR). All four proposals submitted by CD PROJEKT S.A., along with the proposal submitted by GOG.com, have been approved.
„Developing videogames is a hyperinnovative activity, but also one which carries substantial financial risks, involves continuous R&D work and requires much experimentation and prototyping along the way. The GameINN program – a fruit of our industry’s collaborative efforts – will, in the coming years, enable Polish developers to carry out nearly 40 projects worth 191 million PLN. I am confident that the resulting innovative solutions will further elevate the quality of Polish videogames and enhance our competitiveness on the global stage. Indeed, our industry now has the potential to become the champion of the modern Polish economy.” – says Adam Kiciński, President of CD PROJEKT
The GameINN sectoral program, financed under Measure 1.2, “Sectoral R&D programmes” of the Smart Growth Operational Programme, aims to enhance the competitiveness of the domestic videogame development industry on the global stage and is expected to last until 2023.
The Program was instituted on request of Porozumienie Polskie Gry (Polish Games Accord), which represents the most prominent videogame developers in Poland: CD PROJEKT, Techland, CI Games, 11 Bit Studios, Artifex Mundi, Bloober Team, Fuero Games, The Farm 51 and Vivid Games.
In late April 2016 NCBR announced the first call for proposals in the framework of GameINN. The call was open to commercial entities and consortia representing the videogame development sector, intending to carry out R&D and industrial research projects worth between 0.5 and 20 million PLN. The initial funding pool of 80 million PLN was increased in mid-November to 116 million PLN.
The full list of approved proposals can be found on the NCBR website.