From 28 September 2020, games companies can submit applications for funding to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). Studios can now get non-repayable grants from the government covering 25 to 50 percent of development costs.
The following projects from companies with headquarters or business premises in Germany are eligible:
- The development of prototypes and productions.
- Co-developments as well as substantial portings and extensions.
- For prototypes, funding-eligible development costs must be between 30,000 and 400,000 euros (the maximum share of funding is 50 per cent.).
- For productions, funding-eligible development costs must be at least 100,000 euros.
For productions, development costs of between 100,000 and 2 million euros are funded at a maximum of 50 per cent.
Development costs of between 2 million and 8 million euros are funded on a degressive scale, from 50 to 25 per cent.
Development costs of over 8 million euros are funded at a maximum of 25 per cent.
Projects with development costs of more than 40 million euros are separately assessed with regard to their innovative impulses, cultural relevance, economic effects and available means. This does not affect the funding amount below the threshold.
More information is available here.