Gateshead-based Transmit Start-Ups has supplied funding and mentoring to a group of four Scottish digital games graduates who are embarking on an exclusive Microsoft accelerator programme.
Jordon Brent Morris, 24; Isaac Howie Brewerton, 23; Kenny Singer, 30 and Aidan Wilson, 21, graduated this summer from Abertay University and have developed a unique game in which players fly paper planes around a paper folded world.
Start-Up loans deliverer Transmit is backing the group who have become part of the Microsoft Accelerator programme - a three month intensive project designed to launch 11 start-ups.
The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator programme in London is one of only seven around the world, including bases in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Paris, Tel-Aviv and Washington.
Globally 230 companies have graduated with a 78% exit funding rate of $1.5m within a year of the demo launch day.
The young entrepreneurs work under the Pixel Blimp moniker, and are now developing their ‘Wee Paper Planes’ title for the Xbox One, with the view to creating a franchise through cloud technology.
Jordan Brent Morris, chief creative officer, Pixel Blimp said: “We have been constantly pushing ourselves to ensure our products are the very best they can be and it has allowed us to get to where we are today.
“We’ve also showcased our products at various expos to get as much user feedback as possible, which is just invaluable to us. The combination of the Transmit Start-Ups loan to help fund our premises and development time together with the Microsoft Ventures opportunity gives Pixel Blimp the best possible start to become something great.”
Richard Myers, director, Transmit Start-Ups added: “This business has the potential to go global within its first year which is an extraordinary achievement.
“The team behind the games have really exceptional skills, despite being so young, and their combined skills ensure they are a digital games business second to none.”
Pixel Blimp who describe themselves as a ‘fresh-faced, independent games studio’, have also won the prestigious TIGA award for best student game in 2013 with Wee Paper Planes.
The firm has also released another free title on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8 called ‘Free the Network’, which is designed to test a player’s reactions and anger management skills.