Returning from a very succesful gamescom showing of their exciting typing adventure RPG Nanotale, the guys and gals from Fishing Cactus returned home to yet another pleasant surprise. The Mons based team has been awarded € 138.000 in funding by Creative Media Europe for the development of a new title called Wormworld.
The project was selected out of 139 proposals of which 31 got funding, for a total of € 3.817.924. They are joined by some better known studios such as Red Thread Games and Hazelight Studios, but the majority of greenlighted projects were submitted by teams of comparative size and skill to many Belgian studios.
Unfortunately, only two submissions came out of Belgium. So while we’re happy for Fishing Cactus, we can’t help but feel like a lot of Belgian developers are missing out on an interesting funding opportunity. We understand the criteria are demanding (focus on narrative, proven track record) and the process takes some time, but ultimately the effort can pay off.
Fishing Cactus are fast becoming the experts in European funding, as it’s the second time in as many years they are awarded a grant. Last year, they received € 77.000 for the development of Nanotale, so it goes to show that the Creative Europe Media fund can really be a good source of additional financing.