Ten game makers named for the Wings Elevate 2023 accelerator program
Wings, a diversity investment fund, has revealed the ten mobile game developers selected for its 2023 Elevate mobile game accelerator program. Sponsored by Netflix and delivered by Code Coven, the program aims to support underrepresented talent in the gaming industry.
The selected teams for the program are all gender diverse and consist of talented individuals from various regions, including emerging mobile markets like Brazil, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
Here are the ten studios chosen for the program:
Spider Lily Studios
Tiny Fury Games
The participating teams will receive valuable resources and support, including development guidance, mentorship, coaching for investor and publisher pitches, industry connections, and community assistance. In addition, the teams will receive milestone-based financial stipends amounting to $10,000.
Eliana Oikawa, COO of Wings, expressed enthusiasm for the selected cohort, stating, "We received an incredible number of high-quality applications for this year's WINGS ELEVATE, and we are happy to now announce the final cohort. We are very excited to work with such diverse and talented teams coming from all around the world and are proud to support their journey to success in the mobile game market."
The launch of this accelerator aligns with the industry's broader efforts to foster greater diversity and inclusion within the mobile gaming space. Historically, gaming has been predominantly dominated by heterosexual and cisgender men. However, in recent years, more game developers have been amplifying the voices of marginalized communities, resulting in a rise of inclusive companies and diverse games.
Cinzia Musio, interim CEO of Code Coven, expressed excitement about the selected teams, emphasizing their commitment to diversity. Musio stated, "I'm thrilled to announce the 10 teams we are supporting with WINGS Elevate and cannot wait to bring them onboard and deliver this program. We're really proud of the diversity of the teams we are bringing on board and cannot wait to see their great games grow during the program."
Source: Lewis Rees, Staff Writer at PocketGamer