A video game developer is appealing for help to create the Chippenham studio

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A Wiltshire-based game developer is appealing for £10,000 to promote its latest video game and set up a professional game development studio in Chippenham.

Software developer Zbigniew Kajota, known as Ziggy, said he and his international team have spent the past two months trying to raise funds.

Their video game publisher in China is investing £24,000 to promote their new Citizens Far Lands video game when it releases in July, but the team is trying to raise £10,000.

Mr Kajota, 28, of Savoy Court in Calne, said: ‘Two thousand pounds would be fine but £10,000 would be unbelievable.

“Our aim is to create a professional game development studio in the region and hopefully in the future to work with Wiltshire College, where I studied game development before going to university.

“There’s only one problem. We’ve had absolutely no funding or money for promotional campaigns or marketing. Video games live and die by marketing.

“Some small dev studios sometimes get lucky and have a streamer showing their game to the world, or an article is written in a gaming magazine, and the wheels start turning.

“We weren’t so lucky, nor did we have funding to promote the game so that said streamers or content creators could be exposed to it.”

Mr. Kajota’s team includes two developers in Poland and one in Italy.

Their video game is a mix between a turn-based city builder and a puzzle for strategy brains.

Players aim to build a thriving colony, extract and process resources, and manage a population by meeting their needs, allowing them to build bigger and better.

Mr. Kajota added, “Our product is of a high standard, and we have signed an agreement with a publisher in China, so we will go global.

“If it works, we could see the company grow into the first local professional game development studio, providing jobs and training for local students.

“I’m working as hard as I can to make it a success, but in truth I really need a boost, without which I’m afraid our game will fail. In this business, exposure is everything.

“That’s why your help is so important. Gaming companies make money globally – it’s great for the local economy.

To help, contact Mr. Kajota through his Twitter account @redkardevs. You can see his game on Steam by clicking here.


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