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European Games Accelerator

EUROPEAN GAMES ACCELERATOR

Are you ready to take your Indie game studio to the next level?

Apply for the SpielFabrique EU Accelerator Program where we support you and your studio to achieve ambitious growth and success – all without compromising your unique cultural value!

Since 2016, the European Accelerator has supported over 50 studios in development – We’re proud to open the track 2023 to more than 30 studios!

European Games Accelerator

Our pan-European program comprises 6 months of workshops, networking, and 1-on-1 mentoring (March-August). We will help you make the leap from having a functioning prototype to becoming a financially independent and successful studio.

Since 2016, the program connects young studios to high-caliber experts, mentors, publishers, and investors. We path your way to financial independence, strong control over your IP, and a powerful support network across Europe and beyond.

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You will:

  • Participate in engaging on-site and online workshops around Europe.
  • Develop your unique financing strategy with the help of award-winning experts.
  • Receive personalised mentoring from our high-calibre network.
  • Join a pan-european community of successful Indie game studios
  • Be ready to pitch an attractive project with a long-term business-driven approach 
  • Gain access to a dedicated network of investors, financiers and publishers

Level unlocked:

The most successful program graduates are invited to pitch their games to investors and publishers at Gamescom 2023 in Cologne, Germany, or at exclusive events later in the year.

The program is co-funded by Creative Europe Media and run in collaboration with Artic Game and Polo de Contenidos Digitales.

Based on an entrepreneurial mindset, business skills and sustainability, the program focuses on business and management mentoring for video games studios and explores different ways to finance, develop and release a video game on the market. 

Topics covered include:

  • Project/Studio Management and Organisation
  • Publishing Strategies
  • Investment funding and financial strategies
  • Community-building
  • Pitching methods 
  • Positioning, Branding, Communication, and PR strategy

ENJOY PERSONALISED MENTORING AND ON-DEMAND ONLINE SUPPORT

A key element of the program is connecting experienced business mentors with indie studios to share their knowledge, business skills, and international perspectives on a 1:1 basis. Because each studio and project is unique, each team has its own mentor who will support them throughout the program. 

ATTEND EXCLUSIVE WORKSHOPS AND WEBINARS WITH THE BEST EXPERTS

Sessions are practical, interactive, and led by the best experts in Europe. Topics covered include UX, branding, legal contracts, community management, publishing agreements, and much more!

GAIN ACCESS TO PAN-EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

The program is strongly oriented towards international markets and deliberately chooses to regularly take your studio literally and “virtually” outside your country, so you can network and meet new allies and supporters.

JOIN A DIVERSE AND ENGAGED COMMUNITY

We foster innovation by bringing a diverse community of developers together. We offer free-to-access networking and a chance to seek support, training, and advice from our inclusive community during the program.

The Accelerator Program runs every year since 2016.

We’ve been successfully supporting 50 Indie studios from Europe

20

released video games (demo included)

5

alumni studios in negotiations with financial partners for equity investment

11

co-production projects currently in development

SpielFabrique was really worthwhile for us, because we got to know and exchange experiences with a lot of other studios, many of which we want to stay in contact with for a long time.

Massive Miniteam (Germany)

SpielFabrique helped us in building a strategy and having a look back at what was working and what wasn’t in order to be more efficient production- and business-wise.

Black Flag (France)

Without SpielFabrique, we would have never founded our Studio and made the decision to become professional game developers.

Ludopium (Germany)

This experience really changed us and we came away with a lot of great notes and advice! I couldn’t give a precise point, because really, we were given help in all areas, from communication to the game play itself!

Les Crafteurs (France)

Schedule

The program will start on April 20 and 21, 2023 with a kick-off event in Malaga (Spain), and we will wrap up in style in August during Gamescom in Cologne (Germany).

The kick-off is a great chance to meet and network with other participants, hear inspirational speakers and meet your mentor – who builds a personalized roadmap with you.

View the full schedule of the program below:

Dates may vary slightly, additional events, pitch contests, and meetings may follow. Attendance at all events (in-person and online) is mandatory in order to be eligible for all benefits. 

Who can apply?

A total of 20 studios will be selected to participate in the program. The program is supporting indie video game studios who are dedicated to grow their competence and skills for long term financial independence. 

If you want to participate, you need to meet the following criteria:

  1. You run an indie studio that, ideally, has already finished 1-2 games on any platform, and has another prototype in their pipeline.
  2. You are looking for international business opportunities to launch your video game
  3. Your studio is registered as a legal company
  4. You can communicate in English 
  5. You are able to attend all the workshops and be present at the live events that take place.
  6. You are able and motivated to actively work on your business plan and growth strategy beyond all the workshops.

Participation is free for applicants who are selected by our jury in the EU, including Iceland, Norway, Albania,  Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Tunisia.

The program is supported by the EU Creative Europe Program (CREA) and select partners which makes the program free for successful applicants. 

Ready to grow your business with SpielFabrique?

Apply here before 19 February 2023.
It only takes 15 minutes to complete your application.

If you have any questions, contact matthes@spielfabrique.eu

After submitting, your application will be reviewed by our experts and esteemed juries. If you are successful, we will let you know before 20 March 2023 and you will be invited to join our kick-off workshop in Malaga on 20-21 April 2023*.

Dates to keep in mind:

Open Call 23 January - 19 February
Selection process 27 February - 14 March
Studios being contacted before March 20
Official kick-off in Malaga (Spain) 20-21 April*
Need support to fill in the application?
Want to become our outreach partner?
Contact: matthes@spielfabrique.eu

* We provide food, and drinks for all participants. Accommodation and travel expenses will not be covered.

Meet our mentors

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ALLAN KIRKEBY

SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPPER
Dania Academia

EXPERTISE

Game design Game Production
Business Development

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GIANNI SOMMER

CEOCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERNERDIC GmbH

EXPERTISE

Marketing Events
Entrepreneurship

And our experts

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THOMAS BIDAUX

CEOCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERICO

EXPERTISE

Publishing

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SpielFabrique and the other project partners will make best efforts to keep a gender balance, inclusion and diversity in terms of studios, experts, mentors, financiers and publishers that will take part or be selected for the program.

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