Government Launches Accelerator Program for Indie Game Developers in Japan

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

The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Japan has unveiled the So-Fu project, a new accelerator program designed to support indie game developers. This initiative aims to provide mentorship, expense support, and business connections to eligible applicants. To be considered for the So-Fu program, applicants must be under 35 years old and have graduated junior high school by April 1, 2024.

The four-part game program will include attending lectures, developing project production plans, and giving a final presentation around February 2025. At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to present their work to game industry stakeholders. Mentors for the So-Fu program include Tomoko Miya from Flamebair Games and Masashi Kimura from Room6 Inc.

Takaaki Ichijo, an indie developer and executive member of the Indie Game Incubator, noted on social media that this is the first government-supported accelerator specifically aimed at indie game makers in Japan. Ichijo also highlighted the collaboration between the So-Fu initiative and his organization, which further emphasizes the Japanese government’s commitment to supporting independent game development. Indie Japanese game makers have until April 26 to sign up for the program.

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