KRAFTON India expands gaming incubator program, invites more developers to join

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KRAFTON India, the creators of India’s battle royale game BGMI, has announced the expansion of its gaming incubator program, KRAFTON India Gaming Incubator (KIGI). Launched in October 2023, this program aims to support talented Indian game developers in transforming their ideas into successful gaming ventures. After selecting two developers for the first cohort, KRAFTON is now inviting more applications to join this initiative, reported India Today Gaming.

The KIGI program offers financial support ranging from $50,000 to $150,000, with teams having the opportunity to receive up to $250,000. This funding covers early development costs, allowing teams to focus on refining their games. Selected startups will also gain access to AppMagic, a toolkit for mobile app market research, along with cloud credits to support their endeavours. The teams who are enrolled can use AppMagic’s features for competitive intelligence, product development, user acquisition, and lead generation.

Anuj Sahani, Head of KRAFTON India Incubator Program and India Publishing Advisor, expressed enthusiasm about the expansion, highlighting the immense potential for game developers in India. He said, “We see immense potential for game developers in India, and our goal is to grow the ecosystem by inviting more applications to join KIGI. We are excited to onboard more talented teams. By offering financial support, mentorship, and access to cutting-edge tools like AppMagic, we aim to boost India’s game development ecosystem. Our goal is to see these startups thrive and contribute innovative games to the global gaming community.”

KIGI’s success lies in its experienced mentors, who bring expertise in game production, design, and marketing, providing guidance to the program’s participants.

The mentors for the first cohort are:

HARNS KIM – Game Producer, Game Designer, and Marketing Expert.  Harns is a Krafton Inc veteran with 25 years of experience. He is an expert in emerging technologies in gaming, such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. He has a deep understanding of the Indian gaming market.

DAVE CURD – VP and Creative Director at PUBG Studios. Dave played an important role in the development of games such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Ghosts franchises.

JOSEPH PARK – Product Head, Producer, and Game Designer. Joseph has over 24 years of experience. He was involved in the development of games like Black Squad, Battlefield – Online and Alliance of Valiant Arms.

Applications for the current cohort of the KRAFTON India Gaming Incubator Program are now open. Developers with innovative ideas and a passion for gaming are encouraged to apply.