The ESIO is putting together a delegation of Edmonton indie game developers to attend GamesCom 2023 in Cologne, Germany in August. The ESIO will provide funding to cover a portion of third-party costs to allow individuals to attend Gamescom 2023. The ESIO will provide funding for one person per studio to cover up to 75% of travel and registration costs for this event, to a maximum of $4,000.


Eligible Applicants

Funding is available to:

  • Companies with a principal office in the Edmonton metro region that have been resident and operational for a minimum of one year; or,
  • individuals with professional screen media content creation experience or expertise who have been resident in the Edmonton metro region for a minimum of one year.

Applicants must be in good standing with the ESIO and the City of Edmonton.

Exceptions may be considered, please contact [email protected] to discuss prior to completing the application.

Eligible Projects

  • Applicants must have an ownership stake in the project
  • Projects must be in late-stage development or ready to launch
  • Priority will be given to projects that display high levels of traction including marketing traction, investment, presales, etc

Ineligible Projects

  • Projects that do not have an interactive element (for example, e-publications, catalogues, and compilations of re-purposed material without value-added content)
  • Projects that are primarily propaganda (false, exaggerated, or distorted ideas, visual material, and statements typically used for a political purpose)
  • Projects that promote cruelty, sexual violence or sexual exploitation
  • Projects which contain elements that are pornographic, obscene, indecent or contain child pornography or are considered hate speech within the meaning of the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Projects that are libelous or in any way unlawful

Eligible Activities

  • 75% of event registration fees 
  • 75% of return trip travel costs to event including air and ground transportation
  • 75% of accommodation costs
  • Per diem of $45 per day per attendee

Only arms-length, third-party costs are eligible.

Ineligible Activities

  • Costs for which the applicant has received, or will receive non-repayable funding
  • Controlled substances
  • Pre-paid cards
  • Hospitality costs
  • GST will not be reimbursed if the applicant has a GST number


Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm MDT on June 22, 2023

Successful applicants will be notified approximately one week after the closing date.


Any questions regarding eligibility, the application process or application assessment can be submitted to [email protected].

Any concerns related to the application process or assessment or with client services can be submitted to [email protected].