Elevate 2020 Accelerator Fund will Further Help GDC's Indie Devs

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 14:45 | By: Robert N. Adams
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The cancellation of GDC 2020 had a lot of ripple effects on the gaming industry. Some of these were more devastating for others, especially indie developers — and Elevate 2020 is here to save the day.

After the successes of the GDC Relief Fund, it seems that there was a lot more financial support from generous contributors than needed. The excess funds have all been rolled into a new program which is aiming to help developers get back on track.

 
 

Elevate 2020 is a new program that will be run by Code Coven (working with industry partners and experts on various game development subjects). The course will last for 15 weeks and offer a number of benefits to participants, including:

  • Development guidance
  • Mentorship
  • Community
  • Events programming
  • Milestone-based stipends

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Which Companies Are Sponsoring Elevate 2020?

This Elevate 2020 initiative wouldn't be possible without the support of a lot of companies big and small. More than two dozen organizations involved in the gaming industry (including industry heavyweights like Google and Facebook) have contributed towards this effort to help indie game devs get back on track:

  • 11 bit studios
  • AMD
  • Assemble Entertainment
  • Dear Villagers
  • Double Fine Productions
  • Facebook Gaming
  • gamedev.world
  • The Games and Online Harassment Hotline
  • Global Games Pitch.
  • Google
  • Head-High
  • iam8bit
  • Intelligame
  • Landfall Games
  • Limited Run
  • Makers Fund
  • Modern Wolf
  • Nordisk Film Games
  • Oculus from Facebook
  • Raw Fury
  • Redbeet Interactive
  • Synch
  • Those Awesome Guys
  • Triband
  • United Label
  • Versus Evil
  • Warhorse Studios
  • WINGS Interactive
  • Xsolla

If you're an indie developer who needs a boost after GDC fell apart, you can find out how to participate in this 15-week global online incubator at the Elevate 2020 website.

What do you think of Elevate 2020? Do you think indie game developers will be able to recover after the losses sustained due to several convention cancellations? Let us know in the comments below!


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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!