Resources for Swiss game creators in time of the COVID-19 pandemic («corona crisis»)

The COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on our society, cultural practice and on our economy affect game Swiss game creators. As a digital medium, our games have the power to connect our society and bring experiences and entertainment to a growing amount of players staying at home looking for personal interactions and meaningful moments in these challenging times. While Swiss games on the market see a rise in players that help overcome the crisis also from a business perspective, others see an existential threat to their endeavours as potential business opportunities get postponed or even cancelled.

Help for members of the creative industries: apply for emergency funds in your canton as well as Suisseculture – and contact the respective agencies in the case of liquidity help and short-time working compensation.

List of measures for Swiss game creators and members of the creative industries

The SGDA has been in close contact with representative of the creative industry from Swiss associations to compile a list of measures to help manage liquidity and general financial support (these associations are namely SDA, formforum, VSI/ASAI, Creative Hub, SGD, ASMEBI, Kurszentrum Ballenberg, Netzwerk Kleinstberufe, SWISSMODE, Swissceramics, Verband Kreativwirtschaft Schweiz, ADC Switzerland, Schweizerischer Werkbund and others).

This following list collects information that is relevant for all individuals and companies in the game industry. Please get in touch in case you have additional information for us. The PDF documents in French and German are regularly updated, based on newly published decisions by the governments on federal, cantonal and city level.

Measures for members of the creative industries:

Federal measures to mitigate the economic impact on a cultural level

The Federal Office of Culture BAK has set up a page with measures to mitigate the economic impact of during the corona crisis in the cultural sector. It is targeted towards cultural productions that are directly affected, such as live performances. The measures include emergency aid, compensation and grants for cultural associations. Details will be announced in the upcoming days. In the meanwhile, please check the BAK’s website:

Bridging federal and cantonal support through city level measures

The various measures taken by the Swiss government and cantons to mitigate the economic consequences of the corona crisis will provide financial relief for many companies. However, it may take time for the corresponding funds to reach the affected companies effectively. To bridge the time between cantonal and federal measures cities start to give support in this context.

The City of Zurich is therefore offering rapid and unbureaucratic support: a one-off lump sum of CHF 2’500 per application. Contributions are paid to self-employed persons and managing owners of small enterprises with a maximum of two full-time jobs who are urgently in need of a financial contribution to bridge the gap until other funds are received. Details of application

Acknowledgements

The SGDA is thankful for all Swiss associations and organisations that are helping compile information for those affected in times of the corona crisis and are supporting and coordinating actions in leading roles like formforum, the Swiss Design Association and Pro Helvetia.