Meet the TIGA Awards 2022 Sponsors: Payload

The TIGA Awards – which celebrate game developers, educators, technology and service providers – couldn’t take place without the generous support of our sponsors.

This year’s event takes place on Thursday November 10th at the prestigious Church House Westminster, providing an evening of celebration.

In this series of articles, we throw the spotlight on our supporters, showcasing their work and their thoughts on sponsoring the TIGA Awards 2022. Here’s Payload

Payload Studios is an award-winning, independent games developer based in Farringdon, London. The studio was founded in 2013 by games industry veterans Russell Clarke and Vincent Scheurer, with a focus on community-centric creative sandbox games. The studio’s award-winning debut title, TerraTech, an open-world sandbox builder game, was self-funded, self-published and embodies the studio’s community-centric approach.

The studio now boasts a team of 40+ passionate developers with a mix of new graduates and industry veterans, with a strong track record in PC, console and mobile.

In 2014, Payload Studios founded the Tentacle Zone, a collective for independent game developers to share exhibition space at major UK shows. The Tentacle Zone now includes over ten games businesses, who collaborate to share knowledge and resources, host industry talks and networking events, as well as sharing offices in London’s Farringdon.

Last year, Payload Studios launched the first ‘Tentacle Zone Incubator’, a four month virtual incubator programme for twelve early stage founders from underrepresented groups at zero cost to the participants. The programme is now in its second year and is supported by industry partners such as Playtest Kit, University of Greenwich and Ukie. The Incubator provides training and mentorship to a multinational cohort across five tracks including: business and finance; team building; design, development and production; marketing and PR; and pitching and public speaking.

In February 2021, Payload Studios announced that Tencent, a leading internet and technology company, had invested a minority stake in the studio. The investment has provided the studio with capital to grow, while preserving its autonomy. For more information visit

Our thanks to Payload – and a reminder to all that tickets and tables are now on sale for the Awards. Click here to book yours now as they are limited.


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