Stugan, the games accelerator recently launched by some of Sweden’s most influential video game developers and entrepreneurs, today opened its application process to game developers worldwide. The accelerator is accepting applications beginning today through 31 March from up-and-coming, undiscovered individuals and small teams across the globe making games for all platforms and styles.
“Stugan’s main goal is to provide a foundation for inspiring game developers. Many of Sweden’s most successful games industry veterans will be shepherding the program along and personally coaching participants,” said long-time games industry veteran Tommy Palm. “And, we’re all very eager to see the submissions and hear about the next generation of game ideas from across the globe.”
Stugan is led by leading individuals in the Swedish video games industry including Oskar Burman (Rovio), Tommy Palm (King Digital Entertainment), Christofer Sundberg (Avalanche Studios) and developers from the likes of Mojang and others.
Twenty aspiring game developers will be selected to spend eight weeks with all expenses paid in a traditional “stuga” (cabin) in the Swedish countryside, where they will be supported and mentored while building their games. At the end of the project, the developers will present their work to potential publishers, sponsors and investors. Unlike traditional accelerator programs, all participants will keep the rights to the games they work on.
For its inaugural year, Stugan will be based in the Swedish municipality of Falun, just north of Stockholm.
Applicants will be asked to submit a 90 second video presenting themselves and their game idea, along with a short written description of themselves, the game and the goal they want to reach. Chosen participants will be selected towards the end of April and the program will start this summer.
Oskar Burman, general manager of Rovio Stockholm, added “We’re very happy (that) we’ve found the perfect location for Stugan this year, and (are) excited to start screening applications for suitable teams. This will be a summer of creativity!”
Applications will be accepted today through 31 March 2015. All current application and program details can be found at www.stugan.com.
Stugan is a non-profit organisation that organises the annual accelerator program for aspiring game developers. Stugan leverages the expertise of the established Swedish game industry and aims to provide opportunities for shepherding up-and-coming game designers and developers through development, publishing, marketing and more for ensuring a successful games launch.
Stugan is supported by individuals including Oskar Burman, general manager of Rovio Stockholm, Tommy Palm, games guru at King Digital Entertainment and Christofer Sundberg, founder and creative director at Avalanche Studios.