SWISSGAMES is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

SwissGames Showcase 2021: selected studios now announced

SwissGames Showcase 2021 Mentors:

  • Jason Della Rocca (Execution Labs) – Jason is a game industry entrepreneur, funding advisor, and cluster expert. He specializes in business/partnership development, pitching/funding, and ecosystem/cluster development. As the co-founder of Execution Labs, he was a hands-on early stage investor.
  • Jamil Moledina (Hexagram) – Jamil is CEO of Hexagram, an immersive experience developer for phones, web, streaming video and live venues. He has previous leadership experience at Google Play, Electronic Arts, startup game developers, and the Game Developers Conference.
  • Lélia Peuchamiel (RenderGreen) – Lélia is a Game Production/Publishing consultant and indie games specialist. Among others, she has worked for publishers like Team17 and Good Shepherd to scout new talent, develop their labels, and deliver their flagship titles.
  • Astrid Refstrup (Triple Topping Games, Kowloon) – Astrid is the CEO and co-founder of Triple Topping Games and advisor at Kowloon Nights. She works actively on redesigning the startup indie game culture.
  • Ella Romanos (Fundamentally Games) – Award-winning games industry executive, with over 12 years experience running and managing teams and projects. With Fundamentally Games Ltd, Ella helps developers and organisations transform their games into services, working from concept to live ops.
  • Initiated in 2020 by Pro Helvetia to address event cancellations due to the pandemic, the SwissGames Showcase mentorship programme is renewed in 2021 and offers Swiss independent studios a tailor-made opportunity to be mentored and connected with the industry.

    Following a call for participation, Swiss studios from all regions applied through video pitches which were reviewed by a panel of international experts. Each member of the jury chose the games that they will personally coach via online sessions and introduce to potential business partners within their networks. The studios forming the SwissGames Showcase 2021 will also take part to a range of online international industry events throughout the year as well as benefit from a tailored support and event coordination by partner MeetToMatch.

    The 11 selected studios forming the SwissGames Showcase 2021 are:

    Mentored by Jason Della Rocca:

    • Stray Fawn Studio – «The Wandering Village»
    • Sycoforge – «Return to Nangrim»
    • Echtzeit – «Whoop Arcade»

    Mentored by Jamil Moledina:

    • Lukyantsev Company – «Wild Planet»
    • Patch XR – «Patchworld»

    Mentored by Lélia Peuchamiel:

    • Team KwaKwa – «Soup Raiders»
    • Violet Saint – «Moroi»

    Mentored by Astrid Refstrup:

    • Caustique Games – «Team:Cars»
    • Stardust – «Grimoire Groves»

    Mentored by Ella Romanos:

    • Nifty Production – «Smelogs Playground»
    • Lakeview Games – «Pool Party»

    About the mentorship programme, mentor Lélia Peuchamiel expresses «It’s so difficult these days as a dev to stand out: the level of quality requested by players and the number of games on the market make business knowledge paramount for getting noticed, no matter how talented you are. Especially today when everything has moved online. Pro Helvetia does a great job at selecting, teaching and connecting promising Swiss teams to professionals in our industry, to get them a real chance to make it. I’m honoured to join them as a mentor this year, and thrilled to work with such talented developers!»

    Further information will be shortly released about the selected games – Stay tuned!


    Upcoming maintenance work

    The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal ( by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.