Japan’s So-Fu Program: Unveiling the First Government Accelerator for Indie Game Developers

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

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has unveiled the So-Fu project, a new accelerator program designed to support indie game developers. The 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 involve attending lectures, developing project production plans, and giving a final presentation around February 2025. Mentors in the So-Fu program include developers like Flamebair Games’ Tomoko Miya and Room6 Inc.’s representative director, Masashi Kimura. At the conclusion of the program, applicants will have the opportunity to present their work to game industry stakeholders.

Developer Takaaki Ichijo noted on social media that this accelerator is the first of its kind from the Japanese government to support indie game makers. Ichijo is also an executive member of the Indie Game Incubator, which is collaborating with the So-Fu initiative. Indie Japanese game makers have until April 26 to sign up for the program.

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