Ewan Lamont, Monumental Games, TSB Grant Case Study

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Ewan Lamont from Monumental Games presented at Partnering for Innovation 2010 in Glasgow. His presentation covered Monumental's work and the R&D project that successfully received grant funding from …

Ewan Lamont from Monumental Games presented at Partnering for Innovation 2010 in Glasgow. His presentation covered Monumental's work and the R&D project that successfully received grant funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) including tips on how to apply for TSB competitions.

For more informtion on the latest TSB fund, check out the £18m Collaboration Across Digital Industries competition: http://chinwag.com/events/pfi

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  • Started in 2005 by just two guys – completely self funded. Over 3 years, grew to over 100 employees spread across multiple sites and multiple projects. Working on traditional work-for-hire projects and investment in own IP projects. In 2009 we took on external investment for the first time in Monumental’s history. Restructured into focussed studios: Online, Racing and CET (conversion & emerging technologies) Looking forward to self-publishing own IP projects.

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  • 1. Ewan Lamont – Senior Producer and Programme Manager Monumental Games Monumental Games Ltd Chinwag Event: Creative Industries KTN Partnering For Innovation
  • 2. WHO, WHAT, WHERE?
    • Who are Monumental Games
    • Why Apply
    • Our Application Process
    • The Project
    • The Good the Bad and the…
  • 3. MONUMENTAL’S STORY
    • Started in 2005
    • Grew to 100+ Employees & 3 Studios after 3 years
    • Traditional work-for-hire and own IP projects
    • Looking forward to self-publishing own IP
  • 4. Games All using MTS …(cue demo)
  • 5. MTS TOOLS
    • Monumental Technology Suite (MTS)
    • Designed from ground up for MMOs
    • High performance, scalable servers
    • Cross-platform PC, XBox360 & PS3 clients
  • 6. Why Apply for TSB Funding
    • The future is browser based
    • Our tools were difficult to use
    • We had a series of friendly business contacts who wanted to use our tools
  • 7. Application Process
    • Recognise real R&D and business requirement
    • Build application team
      • Project Manager/Business Manager
      • Tech
      • Accounts
    • Source partners
    • Attend everything and tick all the boxes
  • 8. The Project
    • Tools Enhanced
    • Browser Demo 1 http://www.fcet.staffs.ac.uk/yc1/Monumental/MonumentalDemo.html
    • Browser Demo 2: Little Horrors
  • 9. Good and Bad
    • New Tech
    • Investment
    • Monitoring Officer
    • Networking
    • Do persevere
    • Do build contacts
    • Horrible soulless forms
    • Byzantine accounting
    • Time
    • Collaboration
    • Don’t waste time
    • Don’t be overly competitive
  • 10. THE END
    • Any questions?