A tech studio based in Glasgow is developing a computer game to help young people deal with the impact of COVID-19.

Who is behind this technology?

Game Doctor focuses on “developing games and interactive technology for science and health education.” They have previous experience producing Public Health games, creating successful games about air pollution, sexually transmitted infections and vaccinations with Public Health England.

Now they are collaborating with COVID-19 researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Glasgow. They are also working with a health psychologist form the University of Stirling. The authenticity and reliability of the game is bolstered by this scientific, well-researched collaboration.

As explained on their website: “The goal is to improve adherence to government guidance and reduce anxiety in players.” It will be for eight to sixteen year olds, with increasingly advance levels for the older age group. They aim to have the game out and ready for Scotland’s planned school reopening in August.

Game Doctor’s founder, Carla Brown, told The Herald: “This is a tense time for all of us, particularly for young people navigating ‘the new norm’ who, if things go according to plan, will be returning to school in August.  We hope that by educating and equipping children to adjust, they will feel empowered and much less anxious. This funding will enable us to use our expertise to make a difference in these challenging times.”

How is Innovate UK involved?

Innovate UK is a public body, funded by the UK government through grant-in-aid. In its own words:

“We drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.”

Basically, innovative businesses can apply for grants to support their research and development – perhaps you’re one of them. It has been on the go since 2007.

It has increased the available funding to £40 million so that businesses can plug any financial holes created by the COIVD-19 crisis. Game Doctor received £50,000 from this pot, to invest in this mobile tech.

What about you?

If your business is involved in any of the COVID-19 work, make sure you are receiving all the financial help you can. This could be anything. From adapting your manufacturing to create essential PPE or equipment. To thinking ahead and creating a recovery support product like this Game Doctor game. Are you accessing government grant funding? Have you checked to see if your project meets the criteria for Video Games Tax Relief or R&D tax relief? Remember, they are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Give us a call and we’ll help you work out which is the best financial move for your innovative project.

Jamie Smith