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Swedish accelerator aims to send indies to game dev summer camp

Swedish industry vets have teamed up to launch Stugan, a non-profit accelerator program that aims to host 20 developers in a cabin in the Swedish hinterlands for two months to make their games.
A coterie of Swedish game industry professionals from companies like Avalanche and King have teamed up to launch Stugan, a non-profit accelerator program that aims to host 20 developers in a cabin in the Swedish hinterlands for two months next summer to help them make their games. It's the latest example of established developers nurturing new talent, though the resources at play here likely outstrip those available to the folks behind the recently-launched indie incubators at the Boston-based Fire Hose Games and New Hampshire's Game Assembly. The application process is open to teams of 1-3 developers from anywhere in the world, though at this point only room & board is guaranteed. You'll presumably need to pay your own way to and from the cabin, the precise location and equipment of which is still being determined. The Stugan organizers and other Swedish game industry professionals are funding the project with help from the Swedish government and the Swedish Games Industry trade group. They plan to regularly publish videos of everyone's work and ask viewers to vote on a "Winner of Stugan 2015," who will take home a prize of undisclosed value. The organizers also promise that all participants will retain rights to their work and get an opportunity to travel to Stockholm and pitch their game to publishers and investors at the end of the project. "Stugan has been created to share the deep rooted insights behind [Sweden's] hit games, while inspiring and encouraging students and young designers from around the world so their ideas and talents can ultimately translate into blockbuster hits as well," stated Stugan cofounder and King games chief Tommy Palm in a press release announcing the program. Curious developers can register their interest in applying via the Stugan website.

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