2 Pakistani startups in first batch of Google's game developer programmeTech
Two Pakistani gaming startups, DreamNode and we.R.play, are among the first batch of Google's Indie Games Accelerator (IGA) programme's graduates, Techjuice reported on Wednesday.
The Pakistani developers are one of 30 startups that participated in the four months-long programme run by Google in Singapore.
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Founded in 2010, we.R.Play boasts viral mobile games such as Run Sheeda Run and Lost Twins among its creations.
DreamNode, meanwhile, is an up and coming studio that aims to "create simple yet engaging mobile and tablet gaming apps".
The IGA is a programme that mentors and trains gaming startups from Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
The programme comprises training workshops and clinics as well as mentoring and networking sessions. According to Google Developers, the IGA provides indie startups expert guidance in three areas:
Game Development: Design best practices, Google Platforms (Android Studio, AR Core, Firebase, Google Cloud, Instant Games), Unity
Business Development: Google Play Console, YouTube Gaming, User Acquisition best practices, Monetisation models and more
People and Team Culture Development: Hiring the right people, building company culture and leadership development
Along from getting the chance to be featured on Google Play and invitations to exclusive events, the participants of the programme received the following benefits:
Invitations to two gaming bootcamps at the headquarter of Google Asia in Singapore (all expenses paid by Google)
Personalised mentoring from industry leaders
$20,000 worth of credits in Google Cloud Platform and Firebase
A Google Pixel phone