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

SwissGames Showcase 2023

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.

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Selected Studios

knit'n'purl game studio

Pocket Oasis

Simulation

Mobile | Nintendo Switch

knit'n'purl game studio

Pocket Oasis

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Mac n Cheese Games

Munch

Roguelite | Action

PC | Console

Mac n Cheese Games

Munch

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Surprised Turtle Studios

Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold

Co-op action roguelike

PC | Mac | Nintendo Switch | PlayStation | Xbox

Surprised Turtle Studios

Seven Dwarfs: Legends Untold

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Studio ZB

Truth Detectives — a very serious game

New genre | Real crime investigation with real content

macOS | Windows

Studio ZB

Truth Detectives — a very serious game

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Team Kerzoven

Circle of Kerzoven

Settlement-Building | Strategy | Simulation

Windows | Linux

Team Kerzoven

Circle of Kerzoven

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Vizar Technologies

LightClash AR

Augmented reality on mobile

iOS (expansion to Android planned during 2023)

Vizar Technologies

LightClash AR

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About the Mentors

Rufus Kubica

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

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

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

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

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.