Independent game developers have gathered to showcase their brand new products developed through the 'Greenshoots' programme.

Three from the West Midlands - Team Football, Mad Fellows and Pixel Toys - joined six other developers at the event which have benefited from £225,000 in funding from Greenshoots, an initiative run jointly by Creative England Microsoft.

Greenshoots, which also includes workshops and business expertise, helps new and emerging companies to kick-start development of intellectual property and reach a global audience.

While developing their title for Windows 8 or Windows Phone, the programme encourages developers to push their game out across all platforms.

Team Football, which is based at Innovation Birmingham Campus, has designed several official World Cup games , Leamington Spa outfit Mad Fellows created 'Salvage', in which players must pilot their ship through treacherous environments, and Warwick-based Pixel Toys built 'GunFinger', a shooter genre redesigned for touch screen devices.

Creative England board member Ian Livingstone said: "The UK has a wealth of creative talent that is the driving force behind the booming indie games industry.

"But in order to scale, these businesses need the right investment and support.

"I'm delighted that vital funding is being provided by a dedicated team through the Greenshoots programme to meet this urgent need. The resultant games benefiting from this essential funding speak for themselves."

The Greenshoots programme is supported by the Government's Regional Growth Fund and the next round of funding will be announced in September.

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