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New accelerator program launched by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, called So-Fu

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan has announced the So-Fu project, a unique accelerator program designed specifically for indie game developers. This initiative offers mentorship, financial support, and networking opportunities to selected applicants. To be eligible for the So-Fu program, applicants must be under the age of 35 and have completed junior high school by April 1, 2024.

If you’re an indie developer looking for mentorship, funding, and industry connections, the So-Fu initiative may be the perfect opportunity for you. Participants in the program will engage in a comprehensive four-part game development program that includes attending lectures, creating project production plans, and delivering a final presentation around February 2025. At the conclusion of the program, developers will have the opportunity to showcase their work to industry stakeholders.

Notable mentors involved in the So-Fu project include Tomoko Miya from Flamebair Games and Masashi Kimura, the representative director of Room6 Inc. Developer Takaaki Ichijo highlighted on social media that this accelerator program is the first of its kind from the Japanese government to support indie game creators. Ichijo is also an executive member of the Indie Game Incubator and is collaborating with the So-Fu initiative.

Indie game developers in Japan have until April 26 to apply for the So-Fu program. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to take your indie game development skills to the next level!

By Samantha Jones

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