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Inafune advising new $15M investment fund for indie game startups

VC neophyte Inflexion Point Capital is looking to make its mark on the game business by investing up to $15 million in promising game startups, especially Japanese mobile game makers.
Newly-established investment firm Inflexion Point Capital is looking to make its mark on the game business by investing up to $15 million in promising indie game startups, according to a recent Games in Asia report. Game industry veteran and Mighty No. 9 frontman Keiji Inafune is a prominent adviser to the Singapore-based firm, which is currently focused on seeding investments of between $100,000 to $500,000 in promising Japanese indie mobile game companies. "Globally, there is huge demand for Japanese gaming content, and within Japan there is a deep pool of talented creators and developers," IPC COO Alexander de Giorio told Games in Asia. He went on to explain that IPC sees itself as a hands-on investor that combines "elements of a business incubator, a venture capital fund, and a traditional publisher in order to invest in and support the growth of startup video game studios." IPC is reportedly launching its funding program in August with the goal of investing very early in the lifecycle of indie game studios, ideally shortly after they've incorporated. The firm isn't limiting itself to Japanese indies, but its interest in the country's mobile market is understandable -- Japan became the top-grossing market for combined Google Play and Apple App Store mobile revenue last year, and Japan-only F2P mobile games like Sega's Chain Chronicles have generated remarkable revenue.

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