Swallowtail Games, started life as a team in the Dare to Be Digital competition. Now the team has secured funding from the Prototype fund, overseen by the University of Abertay and has set up shop as a new studio, based in Dundee.
The team’s original Dare project, Tick Tock Toys, will be the new company’s first project, with a release for iOS planned for Spring 2013.
Sophia George of Swallowtail Games told us:
“We’re delighted to start our own company, something which wouldn’t have been possible at this stage without the investment from the Abertay Prototype Fund. This is something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl.
“We always planned to release Tick Tock Toys as the feedback we got from Dare to be Digital and winning the BAFTA was so amazing, but now we’re able to finish the game much more quickly – and use this development time to create a really rich, enjoyable experience for people of all ages.”
Co-founder Kristian Francis, agrees:
“I’d advise anyone who wants to start their own games company or try out a new business idea to apply for the Abertay Prototype Fund. It’s massively accelerated our business plans.
“What people need to think about in their Prototype Fund application is how they’re going to build a great, commercially viable business, not just a one-off product.
“Swallowtail Games has a really distinctive child-friendly art style and a passionate focus on deceptively simple, beautifully fun games for all the family. That helped us secure the investment and, we hope, will help launch a sustainable, successful business right here in Dundee.”
Swallowtail Games will immediately reap the benefits of being listed in the reassuringly comprehensive and ground-breakingly comprehensive Scottish Games Network Company Directory.