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Montreal and Toronto-based studios to get investment and development support

Game incubator Execution Labs picks first five devs

Montreal-based indie game incubator Execution Labs has picked the first five developers to receive funding.

As well as gaining investment, the successful applicants will also get access to office space, development tools and a number of industry mentors to provide assistance with development and marketing.

The studios will also receive funding to promote their titles after release and support in customer acquisition and live operations.

• Crankshaft Mobile, from Montreal, is developing a Rogue-like top-down brawler.

• Pixel Crucible, also out of Montreal, is building a hybrid adventure/management fantasy game.

• Lightning Rod Games, from Toronto, is planning a mid-core “evil genius” game that is a mix of Flight Control and Plants vs. Zombies.

• Miscellaneum, from Montreal, is working on The Firemasters, a blazing 3D side scrolling action game in which you play each member of a four-person firefighting team on Mars.

• Imaginary Games, relocating from Vancouver, is creating a Tim Burtonesque social card game about a mysterious graveyard carnival.

“We were blown away by the number of talented, highly experienced teams who applied to the program, and we couldn’t be happier with the teams we’ve selected,” said Execution Labs head of production Alex Normand.

“We evaluated the applications based on the team first and the game concept second, since success is mostly about the team’s ability to execute.”

In November Execution Labs raised $1.4 million to help teams of experienced developers launch new studios in Canada.

It is headed by former International Game Developers Association director Jason Della Rocca, ex-Gameloft head of deployment Alexandre Pelletier-Normand and former OpenFeint monetisation VP Keith Katz.

The indie incubator will receive equity and a share of revenue from reach team depending on its level of investment.

Visit the official website for more information.

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