Japan’s So-Fu Initiative: A Groundbreaking Government Support 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 announced the launch of the So-Fu project, an accelerator program aimed at supporting indie game developers. The initiative aims to provide mentorship, expenses support, and business connections to eligible applicants. To be eligible for the So-Fu initiative, applicants must be under 35 years old and have graduated junior high school by April 1, 2024.

Developers selected for the program will participate in a four-part game program that involves attending lectures, developing project production plans, and giving a final presentation around February 2025. At the conclusion of the program, applicants will have the opportunity to present their work to game industry stakeholders. Mentors in the So-Fu program include developers like Flamebair Games’ Tomoko Miya and Room6 Inc.’s representative director, Masashi Kimura.

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

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