Witness dev offering grants of up to $20k to indie puzzle designers

The team is looking to offer grants of up to $20,000 to three to six designers from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The team at Thekla Inc is looking to set designers from underrepresented groups up with grants to complete their own grid-based puzzle games.

The grants, which Thekla says will range from $3,000 to $20,000, are an excellent opportunity for puzzle-minded designers from underrepresented groups to net a bit of funding for their projects, provided those games meet the criteria outlined on the developer’s blog.

Originally, the team planned to dole out as much as $50,000 through the initiative, but a recent assist from RAD Game Tools' Jeff Roberts has since doubled that overall budget to $100,000.

Thekla artist and designer Orsi Spanyol notes that they’re specifically looking for grid-based puzzle games that use unique rules governing object behavior to create interesting gameplay, listing games like Snakebird, Aunt Flora’s Mansion, and a few others as examples of what they’re interested in.

She notes that the theme of the initiative was inspired by Thekla’s own in-development puzzle game, but that any games created using grant money will entirely remain the property of the original developers themselves.

Thekla opened up submissions a few weeks ago, but developers still have until April 23 to submit their application. More details on submission criteria, as well as a non-exhaustive list of what Thekla means by underrepresented developers, can be found on the company’s blog

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