Qvarken Game Industry
Are you ready to challenge your game development company? We are offering an exciting opportunity to make your dreams a reality with our one-year Accelerator Program.
Benefit from unique access to games industry experts in our Masterclasses, who will share their knowledge and experience. Extend your business network through close collaboration with other participants, and attending high-profile events.
Level up together with other game companies and startups in the Westrobothnia and Ostrobothnia region. Register your interest below, and we’ll help you bring your ideas to life.
The Accelerator Program is completely free of charge – and we’ll even pay up to 50% of tickets, travel and accommodation costs. Contact us for more information.
Accelerator Process 2019
Preliminary dates 2019:
28.2 - 1.3 Kickoff in Skellefteå
Introduction to Monetization by Game Industry Expert 1
29.5 - 1.6 Masterclasses in Skellefteå
September Masterclasses in Jakobstad/Pietarsaari
Full day Masterclass in User Experience with Game Industry Expert 4
Full day Masterclass in User Experience with Game Industry Expert 5
December SLUSH event coordinated by Game Industry Expert 6
Publishers / investors
These dates are preliminary and may change to fit attending game companies needs. In addition to the masterclasses you will get individual coaching on Skype with the Game Industry Experts during the time between the events. More detailed information will be put here shortly.
Check our successful Accelerator Program for 2018
How can you know if your game is going to sell?
For a game title to be a success, it needs to be relevant to players. For this reason, it is crucial for game developers to identify their target customers and understand what they want. The first part of the program is called “customer-centric product development”, and it will introduce you to many approaches to help you involve your customers early in the development process. There will also be the opportunity to attend masterclasses at Nordsken, the festival of game culture which takes place every year in Skellefteå, where you can meet your customers face to face.
Kickoff in Skellefteå, Westrobothnia, Sweden (1–2 March 2018)
Inspirational talk by Tobias Andersson from Turborilla
Meet all the other game companies attending the program
Workshop with Mattias Wiking - Making a game players want
Customer-centric product development (March – April 2018)
Testing an idea on users / play test
Soft launch / early access
Mattias Wiking guided all attending companies through the process (assignments and workshops)
Nordsken (9 – 12 May 2018)
Masterclasses in User Experience with game industry experts:
Introduction to Monetization with game industry expert:
Eugen Sudak, 15+ years of experience in Metagame systems, in-game economy and full monetization cycle (Wargaming).
You know your game has great appeal, but making money takes more than just a good idea. There are many tricky decisions to be made when planning how to get revenue from your game. Is it self-published or released through a publisher? Will your game be free-to-play, ads-based or premium? Do you want to use the games as a service approach, where earnings can come from subscriptions or purely from optional DLC? The monetization session will guide you through this process, and give you tips and tricks from experts who have successfully tested different kinds of monetization strategies for both mobile and PC/Consoles.
Monetization (June - August 2018)
Working with a publisher vs. self publishing
Monetization strategies for mobile
Monetization strategies for PC & console
Eugen Sudak guided the companies through the process (assignments and workshops)
Event in Jakobstad/Pietarsaari, Ostrobothnia, Finland (27-29 September 2018)
Qvarkcon event in Campus Allegro
Masterclasses with game industry experts:
Your game has been released, but now is not the time to sit back and relax! There is a lot of hard work to be done after a game release as well. The third session will guide you through the steps to making your game a success, from pitching, marketing, store optimization and intellectual property rights, to post-release actions such as planning for bug fixing, updates/DLC and maintaining your online community. You will also travel with us to Slush, the world-famous tech startup event in Helsinki. Here you will have the opportunity to pitch your game to real investors and publishers, and extend your network even further.
Go-to-market (October - November 2018)
Legal aspects of releasing a game
Pitching your game
Game industry veteran Stefan Lampinen - Game Advisor, guided the companies through the go-to-market process
Slush (November 2018)
Networking & pitching
Talk to publishers and investors
Coordinated by game industry veteran Stefan Lampinen - Game Advisor.
Something that we missed that you’d like to see included? Contact us and we’ll do our best to add it to the program.
Apply now to the 2019 accelerator program!
this is an unique opportunity to attend masterclasses held by game industry experts.
Give us your details by filling in this form. We’ll be in touch with you shortly.
Novia University of Applied Sciences
tobias.bjorkskog (at) novia.fi
+358 44 780 5883
Senior Business Advisor
Arctic Business Incubator
conny.reidefors (at) abi.se
+46 70 255 0643