MARCH 25th, 2015 - Stugan Adds High-profile Game Developers from Minecraft, King Digital Entertainment and Elsewhere to Mentor Line-up
Stockholm, Sweden – 25 March, 2015 – Stugan, the games accelerator launched by Sweden’s most influential video game developers and entrepreneurs, today announced its initial line-up of mentors, workshop speakers and content for accepted applicants. The initial roster includes a well-rounded, highly respected cast of games industry professionals spanning across development, design, production, monetization, venture capital, marketing and more. Current mentors include:
• Jens Bergensten (Jeb_), lead developer of Minecraft at Mojang.
• Tommy Palm, co-founder and CEO of Resolution Games and long-time Swedish games industry veteran.
• Oskar Burman, general manager of Rovio Stockholm and one of Sweden’s most well-known figures within the games industry.
• Christofer Sundberg, founder and creative director of Avalanche Studios.
• Paul Bragiel, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and managing partner and co-founder of I/O Ventures.
• Alexander Ekvall, director of product at King Digital Entertainment overseeing production for Candy Crush Saga and other hit games.
“We’re excited to have such prominent games industry players shepherding Stugan’s inaugural batch of participants. The team is also seeing a great amount of support and interest for participation from Sweden’s leading games companies like King Digital Entertainment, Mojang and others,” said Tommy Palm. “We’ve received some great applications so far and look forward to seeing how the final group of applicants shapes up.”
Stugan also announced the extension of its application deadline through April 15, 2015 to give applicants an opportunity for feedback on initial submissions. With this, applicants who submit their entries by the last day of March will be provided feedback from the review panel and allowed to resubmit their entries to increase their chances of admission.
Stugan will be accepting 20 aspiring game developers, who will spend eight weeks over the summer of 2015 with all expenses paid in a traditional “Stugan” (cabin) in the Swedish countryside. They will be supported and mentored while building their games and will eventually present their work to potential publishers, sponsors and investors. Unlike traditional accelerator programs, all participants will keep the rights to the games they work on.
The application process is simple and includes a 90 second video, where applicants present themselves and their game idea, along with a short written description of themselves, the game and the goal they want to reach. Applicants can be for games developers across any platform and from anywhere in the world. To submit an application and see additional program details go to www.stugan.com.
Stugan is a non-profit organization that organizes the annual accelerator program for aspiring game developers. The word Stugan means “the cabin” in Swedish and is also a throwback to the name of the first Swedish commercial computer game made in 1978. Stugan leverages the expertise of the established Swedish game industry and aims to provide opportunities for shepherding up-and-coming game designers and developers through development, publishing, marketing and more for ensuring a successful games launch. Stugan is supported by individuals including Oskar Burman, general manager of Rovio Stockholm; Tommy Palm, co-founder and CEO of Resolution Games and Christofer Sundberg, founder and creative director at Avalanche Studios. For more information visit www.stugan.com and on twitter: www.twitter.com/stugan_
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