Joystick Labs Funds Buckle Up Game Studios

DURHAM, NC, September 21, 2011 — Joystick Labs ( has funded and accepted Buckle Up Game Studios ( into their video game accelerator program.  

Buckle Up was founded by Kory Sherman and Chris Snyder while studying in the game program at Wake Technical Community College.  As part of Joystick Labs, they will develop “Flipped”, a puzzle game for mobile devices that takes advantage of the accelerometer and physics to create a unique gameplay mechanic.  The game was originally conceived and prototyped as a class project at Wake Tech.

Joystick Labs, founded in 2010, provides startup video game entrepreneurs a unique mix of early-stage seed funding, mentorship, services, and networking.  Seven teams have been funded and the first games developed by Joystick teams will ship in Q4 2011. 

“We had a great idea for our game, but did not have the resources to focus on full-time development or the business expertise to form a studio,” said Kory Sherman, Buckle Up Game Studios co- founder.   “The Joystick Labs program provides opportunities and resources that will accelerate the development of our studio and our first title.”

Joystick Labs next session will begin in Q1 2012 with an application deadline in December, 2011.   Joystick Labs looks for teams who possess an entrepreneurial spirit and an innovative game concept.

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About Joystick Labs

Located in the entrepreneurial hub of North Carolina, Durham’s American Underground, Joystick Labs is a first-of-its-kind seed-stage accelerator program focused exclusively on identifying, funding, and launching the next generation of digitally distributed video game companies.  Founded in 2010, Joystick Labs is led by Managing Director John Austin and is backed by an active group of RTP-based angel investors. The company has launched seven studios and expects to accelerate ten more in 2012. To learn more, visit the company website

About Buckle Up Game Studios

Buckle Up Game Studios was founded by Kory Sherman and Chris Snyder and develops puzzle games for mobile devices.  Buckle Up Game Studios was recently accepted into the Joystick Labs video game accelerator in Durham, North Carolina and is developing their first title “Flipped”.  Kory and Chris have worked on multiple projects together throughout their college career. They both participated in the state Phi Beta Lambda Business Leaders of America game development competition. They took fourth and third place respectively.

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