The German government’s new funding program for game developers totals EUR
250 million. It injects EUR 50 million annually in grants to specific projects, covering up to 50 percent of investment.
The definition of a project is wide, including new projects, project segments, expansions of existing projects or prototypes.
The projects are required to pass a “cultural test” as part of the funding application. This set of questions helps the government to assess whether the games serve the ideal of cultural advancement.
In some cases, at least half of the team members must primarily reside in Germany, be taxed there or be otherwise familiar with German culture, for instance, having studied and acquired qualifications in Germany.
Team members must fall under one of the following categories: producer, art director, technical director, leading texter, author, concept developer, composer, sound designer, game designer.