Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has announced the So-Fu project, an accelerator program aimed at independent game developers. This initiative aims to offer mentoring, financial support and networking opportunities to selected candidates. To qualify for the So-Fu program, applicants must be under the age of 35 and graduate from high school by April 1, 2024.

The So-Fu program is a comprehensive four-part game development program that will include attending lectures, creating project production plans and delivering a final presentation around February 2025. At the end of the program, developers will have the opportunity to showcase their work to industry stakeholders.

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

Independent game developers in Japan have until April 26 to apply for the So-Fu program. If you’re an independent developer looking for mentorship, funding, and industry connections, this accelerator program may be just what you need to take your game development skills to the next level.

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