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

New Opportunity for Indie Game Developers in Japan: The So-Fu Accelerator Program

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan has announced the So-Fu project, an accelerator program aimed at 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. The program is geared towards helping developers create successful games through a comprehensive four-part game development program. Participants will attend lectures, create project production plans and deliver 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. If you’re interested in joining this exciting initiative, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to take your indie game development to new heights!

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