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On Application

Q1: Must the applying new game be in a specific format?

A1: The applying new game must be released in a digital format.

Q2: Must the applicant hold the intellectual property rights of the applying new game?

A2: The applicant company must hold the intellectual property rights/legitimate interests of the applying new game.

Q3: Can the applying new game incorporate elements from libraries or copyrighted materials of previous works or other sources?

A3: To qualify for the Scheme, the applying new game should adhere to the following three principles:

  • The new game must be available for market release on or after 1 September 2020, and must be 90% completed.
  • The applicant must hold the copyright of its applying new game’s contents.
  • In the development of its applying new game, the applicant may sometimes use copyrighted materials of previous works (such as characters or their designs). If this is the case for its applying new game, the applicant should state the related information in its application form. The applicant should also demonstrate the differences between the new and old games to the assessment committee, which will then evaluate the application concerned. Such differences may include major distinctions and new ideas in game play, game data, game parameter, marketing methods, game ID, naming of the games, and icon cover images etc.

Q4: Must the applying new game be developed in Hong Kong?

A4: The applying new game should be mainly developed in Hong Kong.

Q5: Can the start-ups selected to participate in the Scheme (selected start-ups) apply for subsidies under the Scheme for the promotional expenses arising from the participation in the Taipei Game Show 2021?

A5: No. Since the Scheme will cover most of the expenses for participating in the Taipei Game Show 2021, the selected start-ups will not be reimbursed by the Scheme for their other costs arising from the participation in the same exhibition.

On Subsidy Application and Reimbursement for Expenses

Q6: Can the selected start-ups apply for other subsidies from the HKSAR Government or related organisations with the game supported by the Scheme (dedicated game)?

A6: To avoid double funding, the selected start-ups must sign a confirmation letter to confirm that they will not apply for other subsidies from the HKSAR Government or other related organizations with the dedicated games during the period of the Scheme.

Q7: Regarding participation in the Taipei Game Show 2021, what expenses are to be borne by the selected start-up?

A7: The Scheme will cover the exhibition booth’s rentals and construction expenses for the selected start-ups to participate in the Taipei Game Show 2021 along with a major portion of the air ticket and hotel accommodation charges to be incurred by the two representatives of each selected start-up for attending the exhibition. However, the selected start-ups must bear the costs of their own booth’s decoration and other related charges. Also, they have to pay HKD 2,000 per person for their two representatives attending the exhibition to cover the remaining portion of their air ticket and hotel accommodation charges.

Q8: Can the selected start-ups apply for “The SME Export Marketing Fund (EMF)” of the Trade and Industry Department or other relevant subsidies of the HKSAR Government to cover the costs arising from the participation in the Taipei Game Show 2021?

A8: The selected start-ups have to pay HKD 2,000 each for their two representatives attending the Taipei Game Show 2021. Such payment cannot be applied for the EMF or other relevant subsidies of the HKSAR Government.

Q9: Can the selected start-ups be reimbursed for the salaries of current/new employees responsible for the dedicated game?

A9: The selected start-ups cannot use the subsidy approved by the assessment committee under the Scheme to pay for their staff’s salaries.

On Subsidy Disbursement

Q10: How will the Scheme disburse subsidies to the selected start-ups?

A10: Each selected start-up must implement the promotional plan approved by the assessment committee (with a promotional budget of at least HKD 500,000) under the Scheme (approved promotional plan) to promote the dedicated game. The assessment committee will then have three progress meetings with each selected start-up within the 9-month promotional period as designated by the Scheme. In the meetings, each start-up must report to the committee the progress and effectiveness of its approved promotional plan along with details of the related promotional expenses. Subsidies shall be reimbursed to the selected start-ups on an actual consumption basis in 3 phases.

  • First meeting: Each selected start-up shall submit a report on the effectiveness and related expenses of its promotional plan along with valid receipts of the expenses. If the committee find the report satisfactory, a certain portion of the subsidy shall be disbursed to the start-up concerned, capped at HKD 160,000 for each selected start-up.
  • Second meeting: Each selected start-up shall submit a report on the effectiveness and related expenses of its promotional plan along with valid receipts of the expenses. If the committee find the report satisfactory, a certain portion of the subsidy shall be disbursed to the start-up concerned, capped at  HKD 120,000 for each selected start-up.
  • Third meeting: Each selected start-up shall submit a report on the effectiveness and related expenses of its promotional plan along with valid receipts of the expenses. If the committee find the report satisfactory, the remaining portion of the subsidy shall be disbursed to the selected start-ups concerned, capped at HKD 120,000 for eight of the selected start-ups, while the four top-performing selected start-ups shall receive a subsidy of up to HKD 220,000.