Frequently Asked Questions
About Mind Detonator
What is a game village, and how does it differ from an incubator?
It is a physical community where you get to live for a year while having people who help out and become part of the team. Of course you’ll be able to stay after your Mind Detonator year as well and remain part of the game village!
In other words, Mind Detonator is a game catalyst that operates outside the major cities. It is an initiative to complement the gaming industry and broaden it and show the opportunities in smaller towns where there are good chances for a good life with a high quality of life and low overheads, which provides the opportunity for a focused game production with high quality.
In a Game Village you get great conditions at low cost, including housing, from a single room to a 3-room apartment depending on your choice, free downhill skiing, bowling & swimming
An office at our place equipped and ready to go. At the house you also have support from our site manager, game producer and game designer as well as other teams in the same position as you.
In 2021 we made our first investment and launched the first Game Village in Jörn outside Skellefteå. After that five teams with up to five people in each team started their journey with us. Even today, however, it is possible to apply. In the long run, however, Mind Detonator aims to make at least 15 investments per year.
What’s your offer?
- 1 150 000 sek, of which 400 000 sek is in liquid assets and an extra 750 000 sek in provided services
- Someone to take care of your finances/legal/sales
- Coaches who are active in the games industry
- A broad network of game contacts, both in and outside of Sweden
- Food/Accommodation for a low cost
- Office space is included
What does the name mean?
It means we want you to expand your minds, your creative output and outreach – a lot!
How does it work?
You get help with finances, production pipeline, experience and network along with sales and contracts.
You apply, hopefully get accepted, and then come to work with us for a year, while receiving help, advice and peace of mind.
Who is behind Mind Detonator?
The main partners behind Mind Detonator are the Swedish game studio Arrowhead (Magica etc), the Grumpy and Old group (who runs game educations and business development programs in the games industry field) and local investors from the game village region.
Who will be helping me during the year?
Why Mind Detonator -what is your end goal?
We are sprung out of the Swedish game industry and we love games.
We also strongly believe that living and working far from the big cities are both good for the studios, the quality of life for team members and the rural community. It is a good way of living, for both the studios and the region itself. Our end goal is to help start new game companies in Sweden and expand the Swedish game industry.
Can you start a Game Village where I live?
Our plan is to launch more Game Villages but it is complex and hard work and takes years to achieve if the conditions are right. So to answer that question, most likely not.
Can I apply/What are your Requirements?
-Sure you can apply!
Our regular team sizes are 1-5 people. If you are more than that, please contact us anyway so we can have a conversation.
We also require you to be able to come live with us in the Game Village in Jörn, just outside Skellefteå, for the duration of the program. Other than that, if we like your plans, we’ll approve your application.
Can I apply from abroad?
Yes from the Nordic countries. We are looking to expand beyond the nordics in the future.
What are you looking for in a team?
We are looking for teams that can form and create a studio that is aiming for a long term stay in the games industry.
As a team you should have a functioning team dynamic and great ideas, plus the competence to actually make reality of their ideas.
What game ideas are you looking for?
We are not looking for that “One great game idea”. We are looking for studios and teams that can create more than one idea, more than one game and that are flexible and creative as a team.
Most studios need a few games done before making the Hit game, and therefore we want to invest in and support studios that can survive and prosper over a longer time.
We want a great team.
Do we need to have people for jobs like finance, administration etc?
We will help you in many areas where your current skills are not best fitted, this is among the services we include in our investment. Talk with us and we’ll see where we can support you!
Will there be feedback if the application is not approved?
Yes, we will give feedback to all applications!
How long does it take to get a reply?
It will vary with vacations and how many applications we get, but we will try to get back to you asap.
How long is the program?
One year. Still, there will be a life after the program and we will work with you and lift your game and studio long after the program has ended if needed.
One year is short, we can’t make our game in one year!??
Some games can be made within 12 months or less, but others are bigger than that in terms of production time. We are fully aware of that. Hence we will work with some teams to create a vertical slice of the game and with that meet publishers and investors to reach an agreement for development of the full game.
Do you have any open slots?
We sure do!
When can we/I start?
After filling in our form, you could be welcome within six weeks.
How many teams do you invest in/year?
We will invest in five teams during 2021 and another ten next year.
Is there a cost to join?
No, there is not a cost or fee to join the Mind Detonator game village. You’ll get access to offices with tables, chairs, meeting areas and whiteboards etc. You will need to bring your own computers.
Do you take equity in the companies that join?
Yes 23% equity will be owned by MindDetonator. We will invest money and time in your company. If you don’t already have a company we will help you start up your “Aktiebolag”.
Minority owners (under 25%) can not have signatory power in the company. So this makes it very clear that we are investing, but you are leading the company. We think it is a fair number for what you get.
Will Mind Detonator invest in us if we are selected?
We invest 1 150 000 SEK. Of those, 400 000 SEK will be in liquid assets that you can use for salaries and travels etc. Then 750 000 SEK in provided services. Those services can be, help in getting your company up and running, starting a board, mentor-ship in various areas, producer support, methods and hands-on help in creating your game, marketing, sales, publisher deals, contract negotiations and further financing.
Do you charge for the office /studio space and homes?
For office/studio space rent we charge a heavily subsidised and symbolic sum, this is also the case with the homes for the team members.
Do I need savings to be able to survive during my time in Mind detonator?
The offer is designed to help a small team have a decent standard of living during the year. You are the majority owner of Your start-up and therefore you can decide on wages for your team up to a level. We have chosen Jörn partly because it is a cost effective place to stay.
One of our teammates won’t be able to move, will that be alright?
Your start-up needs to be listed in Jörn as well as your core team but of course the important thing is to get a great game and a great team. To add resources to reach that goal is therefore OK.
What can one do in Jörn?
Besides the gym, bowling alley, skiing and swimming pool, we offer you a variety of different social activities continually.
I have a pet, can it live with me?
If you live in one of our single rooms with shared communal spaces we need to have a discussion due to possible allergies etc. Otherwise it’s ok.
I have a family, can they come live with me?
Yes they are very welcome.
What housing alternatives are there?
There are different types of housing alternatives. From a single room in a corridor with shared communal spaces, your own apartment, up to a house. You could share a house with the whole team perhaps, or if you want, there are also properties you could buy.
Do we need to move?
Yes. To help the studios to live a good life and to be able to focus on game making, we have created the game village concept. The money and the support for the first year is connected to the Game Village.
The whole idea is to have all the teams to form studios in one place and join the local game industry community. That is why all the studio rooms are in one house with the cafe as well as the game rooms to just hang out, and the restaurant and the homes are in its vicinity. But you will be majority owner in your start-up so, under conditions, the team can be partly distributed if that is the best solution.
Can I/my company help sponsor this?
Drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and lets discuss our common ground!
We want to offer services to your members, can we reach them?
Please contact us and we’ll reach out to them with your offer.
Will you attend events in/outside of Sweden, and can we meet?
Yes. E-mail us and let´s talk.