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PROGRAM

1

Application

GameBCN program starts between January and February (exact date is announced at call opening) and it is held in Canòdrom Creative Research Park, in Barcelona. To apply to the program, candidates must fill in the form accessible through this website when a call is opened.

 

 

 

 

2

Selection

Once the call closes, a group of experts will review all applications. Experts will score applications based on originality, quality, market potential and development team. The best candidates (around 15) will be asked to pitch their game at our offices in front of an experts panel (foreign teams will be able to do it via Skype). This panel will evaluate and select the incubated teams.

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Incubation 

GameBCN incubation program lasts 6 months and it is held at Canòdrom Creative Research Park, a coworking space based in Barcelona referent in the national video game community. The program is divided into two modules (production and business) lasting three months each one. At the beginning of the program, production milestones are agreed with each team. Only teams achieving production goals will access business incubation module.

Our incubation program consist in

54 hours of training

We provide general training focused on production, marketing and business as well as specific training customised for every team, depending on their needs. All training is done by industry professionals (Gameloft, King, Social Point and Ubisoft provide most of the trainers).

36 hours of mentoring 

Teams will have monthly meetings with industry experts who give them feedback about their projects and strategy.

6 months working space

GameBCN offers up to three free working spaces per incubated team at Canòdrom Creative Research Park.

6 public events

GameBCN organises monthly public events related to the gaming industry.

1500 per team

Each incubated team receives a grant to help them cover expenses during the first three months of the incubation program.

Demo day with +100 attendees

At the end of the incubation program teams will pitch their game in front of publishers and investors in a public event organised by GameBCN.

Requirements

Teams must come to work to our offices because this is the best way we can help, by training and mentoring them day by day.
Teams must add GameBCN logo in their website and mention the incubation program in their social networks.
Teams will be required to adopt agile production methodologies and achieve production goals.

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 FAQ 

When and where is the program?                                                                                                            

GameBCN program starts between January and February (exact date will be announced whit the call opening) and is held in Canòdrom Creative Research Park, in Barcelona.

How does the program works?                                                                                                            

GameBCN program is divided into two different modules: production and business, lasting three months each one and they will take place consecutively. The first module will focus on production and its goal is to make teams realise about the importance of implementing agile methodologies in order to improve project management, planning and performance. Second module will focus on marketing and business and its goal is to instill business mentality in teams, teaching them how to market their games, how to pitch and how to incorporate.At the beginning of the program, production milestones are agreed with each team. Only teams achieving production goals will access business incubation module.External teams demonstrating extensive experience in production with a game in an advanced stage of development and identified market potential may be accepted to join the incubation program in its second module (marketing and business).At the end of the incubation program (6 months) teams will pitch their games in front of our publishers an investors network.

What is the goal of the program?

GameBCN main goal is indie teams professionalisation in order to strengthen video game industrial tissue. We train incubated teams to improve their production pipeline (agile methodologies) and to minimize launch to market risks (marketing and business).

Are travel and accommodation expenses covered?

No. Foreign teams should look for sponsorship to cover such expenses.

Is there any kind of economic help for the teams?

Each incubated team receives a grant to help them cover expenses during the first three months of the incubation program. It is paid at the end of the program and it is subject to teams’ performance: only teams achieving the goals agreed with GameBCN at the start of the program will receive the whole grant. Payments will be done according to milestones achievement.

Can you tell me more about the business model of the program?

GameBCN doesn’t take any equity or royalties from incubated teams. There is only one requirement: incubated teams must add GameBCN logo in their website and must mention us in their social media communications.

Is it possible to see results from past editions?

Lince Works, Appnormals, Altered Matter, ThreeArtMedia and Herobeat Studio are success cases coming from GameBCN. Check out our homepage for more info.

Will there be publishers and / or investors interested in this program?

Yes. Check out our collaborators at GameBCN homepage. These publishers and investors are willing to receive our portofolio at the end of the program. We continue working to enlarge this list. GameBCN will also attend Gamescom where incubated teams’ games will be showcased.

How many people by studio can be part or how does it work the incubation?

 GameBCN offers up to three free working spaces per incubated team at Canòdrom Creative Research Park. If you have a bigger team and want to stay at our offices you should rent additional working spaces. Canòdrom offers these spaces at a 50% discount rate (90€/month).

What are the next steps after applying?

Once the call closes, a group of experts will review all applications. The best candidates (around 15) will be asked to pitch their game at our offices in front of an experts panel (foreign teams will be able to do it via Skype). This panel will evaluate and select the incubated teams.

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