DURHAM, NC, July 14, 2011 — After reviewing applications from around the country, Joystick Labs (www.joysticklabs.com) is pleased to announce the first team who will participate in its 2011 Summer Underground program.
wefiends (www.wefiends.com), a Los Angeles based developer founded by brothers Nick and Kevin Barrios, develop fun, creative, and original games that anyone can enjoy. They have just completed Sushi Boy Thunder (www.sushiboythunder.com), a free to play, lightning-fast arcade dodger for iPhone and iPad that features incredible action and fun at supersonic speed, unlockable outfits and characters, tilt and tap control, and an original soundtrack, and Game Center Leaderboards so players can compete with friends.
As part of Joystick Labs, wefiends will develop “We Make Movies”, an iOS game that places gamers in the role of Hollywood producer working against the deadline and budget to create the best movies. Players create their movie poster, use their time management skills to create the best movie, see the audience reaction – and share their results and compete against their friends.
Joystick Labs, founded in 2010, provides startup video game entrepreneurs a unique mix of early-stage seed funding, mentorship, services, and networking. Teams that participated in the Fall 2010 program will begin shipping their titles this summer.
“We were looking to become part of an accelerator program and were excited to find a program specifically for game studios,” said Nick Barrios, wefiends founder, “The opportunities and resources that Joystick provides will accelerate the development of our studio and our next title.”
Joystick has also announced that applications are once again open. Game developers can apply online now, and selected teams receive funding, mentorship and access to technology, office space and networking opportunities.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and Joystick Labs looks for teams who possess an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for their game idea. The best game concepts will be innovative and present an opportunity for commercial success.
For more information or to apply, please visit www.joysticklabs.com.