A game development team led by 22-year-old OAMK media student Ville Helttunen has been chosen for Finland’s first game-oriented business accelerator program GameBrewery.
“There are some very experienced entrepreneurs and businesses in this program, such as the successful mobile game company Fingersoft. It’s awesome that we were able to prove our team’s potential in the qualification process,” says Helttunen. “Our whole team has slaved away with this project and now our hard work has paid-off. A big thank you to all who have sacrificed their time for this.”
The group is currently working on 2 new IP’s; the mobile game State of Matter (featured in image above) and the PC title Xenocide, slated to launch next fall. The games have been in development since late last year at Oulu Game Lab, a program within the OAMK School of Media and Performing Arts.
The team also has big plans for the future. “We aim to finish the game(s) ASAP and found a company in (conjunction) with (our) game releases. We have already (been in discussions) with potential business partners, and our plans for next fall are starting to clear-up,” Helttunen adds.
State of Matter is a physics based 2D platform game for mobile devices in which players change form between liquid, solid and vapour. By using the distinctive characteristics of each of these forms, players solve puzzles, defeat enemies and progress in the game.
Check out an early gameplay trailer:
Xenocide is a top-down arcade shooter in an arena-like setting. The objective is to survive as long as possible against hordes of enemies. The game has already been greenlit on Steam.
Check out the Steam video below:
The GameBrewery program is based in Oulu, Finland. Founders and mentors include gaming industry experts Ilkka Immonen, Collin Foss and Brandon Neuwerth, each of whom have 10-15 years of experience in the business. The five-month program also has several other games industry experts in its network.
According to Neogames director KooPee Hiltunen, GameBrewery is the first game-oriented business accelerator program in Finland, and is a part of a nation-wide games industry cooperation initiative led by Neogames.
Learn more about GameBrewery here.