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Posted on December 14, 2020

14 projects submitted and three winners

The award-winning projects in the second edition of support for video game creation are Soup Raiders, Wild Planet and Eternalis. Respectively tactical role-playing game, futuristic adventure and 3D action, they won over the jury with their artistic originality, their playability and their innovative aspect. Their creators received sums of 10,000 to 15,000 francs to help them reach important milestones. Two of them, moving on to the pre-production phase, can also benefit from personalized coaching worth 5,000 francs each. The creation of video games combining drawing, music, writing, staging and innovation, has found its place in Vaud cultural policy.

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Installed in the canton of Chavannes-près-Renens, Montreux and Lausanne, the award-winning studios have received two times 15,000 francs and one 10,000 francs, respectively. Two of the three projects ready to move on to the pre-production phase can also benefit from personalized coaching worth 5,000 francs each. The 50,000 francs planned for this call are committed by the Cultural Affairs Department (SERAC) as part of its policy of supporting cultural activities.

The award ceremony to the winners by Cesla Amarelle, State Councilor in charge of the Department of Education, Youth and Culture (DFJC), initially planned at the Numerik Games Festival unfortunately canceled due to the health crisis, is performs this year by mail and its communication through a video capsule.

14 projects submitted, high quality and a consensus track record

Under the chairmanship of Nicole Minder, head of SERAC, a specific jury evaluated the 14 eligible projects. To participate, candidates had to reside in the canton and give guarantees as to the realization of their project according to professional criteria. The jury chose the three winners by consensus, after having thoroughly debated the various files. The set of excellent quality demonstrates the delightful vitality and creativity of the estate in the canton.

The laureats:

Elias Farhan of Team Kwakwa Farhan & Co based in Chavannes-près-Renens for the development of a tactical role-playing game called Soup Raiders in production phase. The latter, benefiting from a soundtrack by British composer David Wise (Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox Adventures, Battletoads and Yooka-Laylee) received support for interactive creation Pro Helvetia in 2018 and was selected for the Ludicious Business Accelerator, the Game Developer Conference and the Nordic Games in 2019. The project received 15,000 francs.

Kévin Péclet, another member of this studio, had received one of the three cantonal grants for 2019 for the action game Helvetii, which is scheduled for release in early 2021.

Lukyantsev Company of Montreux for the pre-production of the game Wild Planet. The latter is part of the SwissGames Showcase 2020 selection from Pro Helvetia. An amount of 15,000 francs as well as coaching up to 5,000 francs were granted to this project, which has already aroused the interest of several potential publishers.

Alexandre Lobanev in Lausanne for the pre-production of a 3D action game called Eternalis. The creation offers a beautiful tribute to the world of watchmaking through certain elements and is inspired by Vaud sites for its decorations, for example the Flon district in Lausanne. This project receives 10,000 francs as well as coaching worth 5,000 francs.

The Jury:

Marc Atallah, director of the Numerik Games Festival Sylvain Gardel, head of “culture and economy” projects at the Pro Helvetia Foundation Nicolas Gyger, head of the cultural promotion section at SERAC, secretary of the jury Nicole Minder, head of SERAC, president of the jury Mathias Paquier, head of Project Business Unit, Economy and Innovation Promotion Department Yannick Rochat, co-founder of UNIL Gamelab and member of the jury for the Swiss Game Award Erinrose Sullivan, independent expert for interactive media Julien Schekter, communications manager of the DFJCDidier Schwarz , innovation advisor at Innovaud

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