WHATIS THE PURPOSE OF GWB?

Simply put, we want to help great games get made. Tencent Games is a large organization whichis part of an even larger parent company. In addition, Tencent Games alreadyhas a huge presence in the PC and mobile space in China. So it made sense that,if we wanted to start giving more support to small teams and indies, we createa new unit to cover that, which is exactly what we did. The purpose of GWB isto look domestically and internationallyfor innovation in the videogames industry, regardless of size.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GAME SUPPORTPLAN AND THE GWB GAME AWARDS?

The GWB Game Awards is just another way tohighlight great games. If we like a game, we might want to support it. Notevery game that we're supporting a Game Award winner, and not every Game Awardwinner has to be published on Tencent platforms. That's up to the developmentteams, GWB and the Tencent Publishing Dept.

CAN I SUBMIT MY GAME TO YOU BEFORE THE AWARDSREGISTRATION PERIOD?

Yes. You can submit your game to us anytime of the year, day or night. Games submitted after registration closes forthe GWB Game Awards will not be considered for the awards, however they canstill take part in the Game Support Plan. Games submitted before the awardswill be considered for entrance once registration begins.

CANI GET SUPPORT FOR MY GAME EVEN IF I DON'T PARTICIPATE IN THE AWARDS

Yes

WHAT IS THE PROGRESS FOR SELECTING GAMES? HOWLONG DOES IT TAKE?

There's no definitive time frame,unfortunately. The games industry calendar means there are periods where wehave little free and other periods where we have no free time at all! However,generally speaking we aim to evaluate games within 2 weeks of receiving thesubmission, assuming all the necessary files and documentation were provided.

DO IGET TO KEEP MY IP?

Yes

EVEN IF I RECEIVE FUNDING?

Yes

MY GAME HAS ALREADY BEEN PUBLISHED OUSIDE OFCHINA, CAN I TALK TO GWB ABOUT PUBLISHING HELP?

Generally, we are looking for unreleased gamesso, unfortunately, the game may not be eligible. However, it's still worthchecking with us. And, if we think the game is great but doesn't meet ourrequirement, we may forward it to the publishing department to see if theywould like to pick it up.

YOU MENTIONED FUNDING. HOW MUCH MONEY COULD IGET?

The amount of funding varies from project toproject. Not every game we work with receives funding but, in some cases, wemight choose to support the game financially. Small projects with a smallerprojected market potential will receive smaller amounts, but larger titles witha lot of market potential might receive more. That doesn't mean we rate gameswith monetization options more highly than smaller, perfectly-craftedplatformers-it's just that funding has to be based on market realities andsustainable in the long term. One thing to be aware of, though, is that GWB isa smaller group looking to invest in smaller teams, which means that we'reunlikely to be investing the amount of funding to carry an entire gamedevelopment cycle. Simply put, your game should be financially stable withoutus, it's just that we may be able provide a little more to help out.

BUT MY GAME MAY NEED A LARGER INJECTION OF CASHBEFORE DEVELOPMENT IS COMPLETE...

Well, we're working on partnerships with a lotof different groups in the game industry, including incubators and investmentfunds. If possible, and if we think the game has potential, we may be able torefer the game to one of our partners for extra assistance.

YOU ALSO MENTIONED CONSULTATION...WILL YOU TEYTO CHANGE MY GAME?

No. Developers retain 100% complete creativecontrol over their games. Over time, as we receive new game builds we willcontinue give feedback and it is up to the developers about how or if they wantto implement that.

WHAT TYPE OF PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION DO YOUOFFER?

There's the obvious social media stuff, butthere's also going to be an increased focus on trying to build relationshipswith news outlets and online content producers. We'll also promote games viaevents we organize ourselves, as well as events and conferences we attend.Cross promotion via our partners is also another route we can take when a gamejustifies it. And remember, this promotion also takes place on the Chinesemainland, too, which is market many people don't have easy access to.

WHAT IF I JUST NEED HELP WITH LOCALISATION ANDPUBLISHING, BUT NOT OTHER THINGS? CAN YOU STILL HELP?

The exact amount of help each project needsvaries. Send an email to gwbcontact@tencent.com and we can discuss what king of help your require.

IF I PUBLISH ON YOUR PLATFORMS, CAN I STILL PUBLISHMY GAMES ELSEWHERE?

Many of the games we work with are availablethrough things such as Early Access on Steam. That's perfectly fine.

WHAT ABOUT LEGAL AND TAX ISSUES?

I'VE HEARD CHINESE REGULATIONS CAN BE PRETTYSTRICT, WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?

HOW WILL MY GAME BE MONETIZED?

CAN YOU HELP ME GET SUPPORT AND PUBLISHING INREGIONS OTHER THAN MAINLAND CHINA?

ISTHERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?

If that's the case, send us the email. For99% of game-related and GWB-related questions you should be sending an email to gwbcontact@tencent.com. If,however, you have questions related to media or partnerships(e.g. you representa potential partner, you're a journalist, content producer or streamer etc.)then send an email to Michael_britten@tencent.com. Bear in mind, there may be a significant time-zone difference, and we're oftenquite busy, but we'll try to get back to you within a few days or a week at themost.

WHATIF MY QUESTIONS HASN'T BEEN ANSWERED HERE?

If that's the case, send us the email. For99% of game-related and GWB-related questions you should be sending an email to gwbcontact@tencent.com. If,however, you have questions related to media or partnerships(e.g. you representa potential partner, you're a journalist, content producer or streamer etc.)then send an email to Michael_britten@tencent.com. Bear in mind, there may be a significant time-zone difference, and we're oftenquite busy, but we'll try to get back to you within a few days or a week at themost.