Digital games

We work with games developers and publishers to help make entertaining digital games. We’re also interested in how developers' skills can improve science and health research.

We support the games industry because it’s a great way to reach people. Games can engage people who don’t encounter science-related content in other ways.

How we support games


Hell Blade, Ninja Theory illustration

Credit: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Ninja Theory

We fund digital games through our Public Engagement Fund. This scheme replaces our Development Fund and Co-production Fund.

Projects we've supported recently include:

To find out about our upcoming projects, follow us on Twitter.

Our initiatives

Developing Beyond, created with Epic Games, is a $500,000 year-long Europe-wide games development challenge. The 2017 theme is Transformations, with comedian and broadcaster Susan Calman chairing the jury.

We also worked with Epic Games on The Big Data VR Challenge. Five teams explored how virtual reality can be used to visualise massive datasets. The winning team, LumaPie, built a VR environment for ALSPAC’s Children of the 90s data.

We partner with BAFTA Crew on masterclasses and events for emerging talent in games, film and television.

We host informal networking evenings in Wellcome Collection for games developers, publishers and scientists. Participants explore ideas inspired by Wellcome Collection exhibitions and big themes in science.

We also support Collider, a series of workshops and dinners connecting games studios with scientists and other researchers.

Image still from the digital game Everything, by David OReilly

Credit: Everything, David OReilly

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How to find an expert

Collaborations between biomedical researchers and the creative industries are at the heart of what we do. Many researchers are keen to share their work, and we encourage you to approach them directly. Most of them have their contact details online.

If you're not sure who to approach, try searching for articles on your topic through Europe PMC. Other useful organisations and publications include:

Joining the Wellcome Library gives you access to several Nature Publishing Group journals online. By visiting the library building, you can use Scopus, JSTOR and many other resources for free.

If you're in the USA, the Science and Entertainment Exchange may be able to help.


See our public engagement funding schemes

Broadcast and film

Learn about our work in broadcast and film