Joystick Labs

Been following news about Joystick Labs for a few months now…excited to see their endeavors are getting underway!


“DURHAM, N.C.— Joystick Labs, the first seed-stage venture fund and accelerator program focused exclusively on the development of digitally distributed video games, today announced the names of the initial group of mentors that will advise teams selected to participate in its Fall 2010 accelerator program, including video game industry luminaries from Epic Games, Insomniac Games, Playdom, NVIDIA Corp., Republic of Fun and The Escapist, and venture capital investors from Intersouth Partners, Intel Capital and IDEA Fund Partners. Applications for the Fall 2010 accelerator program, which will start September 7, 2010 in Durham, N.C., are being accepted now through August 13, 2010 at

“We are incredibly excited to partner with such talented and accomplished individuals,” said Joystick Labs Creative Director, Juan Benito. “Teams selected to participate in the Joystick Labs accelerator program will have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from, and network with, some of the best and brightest minds in the video game and investing communities.”

The initial group of Joystick Labs mentors includes: Dr. Michael Capps, President, Epic Games; Chad Dezern, Studio Director, North Carolina Studio at Insomniac Games; Kirk Owen, Executive Producer, Playdom; Jim Black, Director of Technology Evangelism, NVIDIA Corp.; Michael Rasmussen, President, Republic of Fun; Rett Crocker, Founder, Republic of Fun; Alexander Macris, Publisher and Games Media expert, The Escapist; John Austin, Vice President, Emergent Game Technologies; John Glushik, General Partner, Intersouth Partners; Mark Rostick, Director, Intel Capital; Lister Delgado, Partner, IDEA Fund Partners; Dr. Michael Young, Associate Professor of Computer Science, N.C. State University; Timothy Buie, Assistant Professor, N.C. State University College of Design; and Walter Rotenberry, Instructor, Wake Technical Community College.”

WHAT A LIST! This is such an exciting opportunity for the Triangle Game Initiative and the game industry of the south east in general. If you’re in the Triangle area and you’ve thought about dabbling in video games, you better hop on this opportunity while they still have these phenomenal leaders involved in this program for its first year. And a shout-out to one of my many role models, Alex Macris, for helping mentor this program!

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