Initiated in 2020 by Pro Helvetia the SwissGames Showcase is an annual mentorship programme that offers independent Swiss game studios the opportunity to be individually, tailor-made coached and connected with the game industry.
Following a call for participation in 2022, studios from all over Switzerland sent in video pitches – explaining their aim of participating in the mentorship programme, outlining their business strategy, indicating the production status of their game, and of course giving insights into the gameplay.
The members of the jury, a panel of international experts from the game industry, chose the studios that they would personally coach via online sessions and introduce to potential business partners within their networks. Furthermore, the studios forming the SwissGames Showcase 2023 will take part in several important international industry events throughout the year, as well as be supported in curated matchmaking by our partner MeetToMatch.
About the Mentors
Rufus Kubica started his adventure at 11 bit studios as Community Manager (Marketing), then switched to a more high-level PR role as a Senior Communication Manager, to finally become a Senior Product Manager in the External Development Team.
Lélia Peuchamiel 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 is the CEO of Triple Topping games, a feministic games studio, focusing on narrative games. She was the co-writer and director on Welcome to Elk released on 2019 and also an advisor to the game fund Kowloon Nights.
Ella Romanos is an award-winning games industry executive, with over 12 years experience running and managing teams and projects. With Fundamentally Games Ltd, she helps developers and organisations transform their games into services, working from concept to live ops.
Jason Della Rocca is a game industry entrepreneur, funding advisor, and cluster expert, specialized in business/partnership development, pitching/funding, and ecosystem/cluster development. As the co-founder of Executions Labs, he was a hands-on early stage investor to over 20 independent game studios from North America and Europe.