DURHAM, N.C. - July 7, 2011 - Joystick Labs ( www.joysticklabs.com), an innovative accelerator program focused exclusively on video game companies today announced that Unity Technologies is providing Unity Pro licenses free of charge to studios selected to participate in Joystick Labs accelerator program. Unity is the #1 game engine for creating awesome games and interactive 3D on the web, iOS, Android and consoles.
“Unity was the most popular choice among teams in our inaugural session,” said John Austin, Managing Director of Joystick Labs.“Unity provides an excellent development environment that enables teams to create cross-platform games very easily. We are excited that Unity Technologies recognizes the talent that we are developing within Joystick and has made these licenses available.”
“Our mission at Unity has always been focused on the democratization of development”, said Tony Garcia, Unity Technologies, Vice President of Business Development,“By offering new development talent the opportunity to expand their ideas and bring them to life, Unity is the perfect platform for Joystick Labs innovative accelerator program”.
For each game team selected for their program, Joystick Labs provides up to $20,000 seed capital, mentoring, support, and introductions. Joystick Labs creates a Board of Advisors made up of experienced studio heads, programmers, artists, and marketers who work closely with each team throughout the 12 week program. The shared experience with other entrepreneurs in the Joystick Labs environment allows the developer to focus on creating a great game and removes uncertainty and risk from the often intimidating process of launching a game studio. The 12 week program takes place in Joystick Labs at the American Underground in Durham, NC. Two teams from Joystick Labs’ first session have utilized Unity. M.U.S.E., from Lab Rats Studio, will be the first to launch in Q3 2011, followed by Saturday Morning RPG from Mighty Rabbit Studios.
Interested developers can learn more and apply to Joystick’s program by visiting www.joysticklabs.com.
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 launched five studios in 2010 and expects to accelerate five more in 2011. To learn more, visit www.joysticklabs.com.
About Unity Technologies
Unity Technologies is revolutionizing the game industry with Unity, its award-winning breakthrough development platform. Unity Technologies has more than 500,000 registered users worldwide -- including Bigpoint, Cartoon Network, Coca-Cola, Disney, Electronic Arts, LEGO, Microsoft, NASA, Nickelodeon, Ubisoft, Warner Bros., large and small studios, indies, students and hobbyists -- all using Unity to create games and interactive 3D, like training simulations and medical and architectural visualizations, on the web, mobile, consoles and beyond. Unity Technologies is aggressively innovating to expand usability, power and platform reach along with its Asset Store digital content marketplace and Union game distribution service so that it can deliver on its vision of democratizing interactive 3D technology. Unity Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco and has development offices worldwide. For more information, visit: http://unity3d.com.