Hothead's DeathSpank, Polytron's Fez Given Canadian Grants

Canadian government funding can play a key role in the success of independent studios, and new Gamasutra-obtained data from Telefilm, that nation's federal cultural industry agency, details the extent of such funding for key indie games.

Most notably, Telefilm awarded Hothead Games' DeathSpank, the latest project from acclaimed Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert, one of the highest amounts ever given to a video game project: an impressive $536,069. The maximum amount that can be awarded in a fiscal year is $550.000.

Fez, Polytron Corporation's IGF prize-winning 2D/3D platform game award winner, recently confirmed for a release on Xbox Live Arcade in 2010, also received $73,682 from the cultural agency, which funds games alongside TV and film projects.

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