Japan Launches So-Fu Project: Unlocking the Potential of Indie Game Developers with Mentorship, Financing and Industry Connections

Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Japan Introduces So-Fu Accelerator

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has announced the launch of the So-Fu project, an accelerator program designed to support indie game developers. The program offers mentorship, financial assistance, and business connections to eligible applicants. To be considered for the So-Fu initiative, applicants must be under 35 years old and have graduated junior high school by April 1, 2024.

The program is comprised of a four-part game development process. Participants will attend lectures on various aspects of game development, develop their project production plans, and give a final presentation around February 2025. At the end of the program, developers will have the opportunity to present their work to stakeholders in the game industry. The So-Fu program is led by experienced mentors such as Tomoko Miya from Flamebair Games and Masashi Kimura from Room6 Inc.

Indie Japanese game makers can sign up for the So-Fu project until April 26th. This accelerator is a first-of-its-kind initiative from the Japanese government aimed at supporting indie game developers in their journey towards success.

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