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Level Up Gaming Accelerator

Transforming Vision Into Reality for KSA Indie Gaming Studio Start-Ups

Helping Studios Make Games That Gamers Love To Play!


  • Commercial viability
  • Production & development
  • Publishing & marketing support

World Class Mentorship

  • More than 150 years of collective gaming experience
  • Personalized & supportive
  • Delivered by DigiPen, world leading gaming academy

Extended Support

  • 12 month duration
  • Delivered online & face to face
  • Support from game idea to launch

Financial Support

  • Cash incentives
  • Based on milestone achievements
  • Sufficient funding to game launch

Level Up Dual Phase Program Approach

Laying Foundations & Accelerating Success

Readiness Phase
Laying the Foundations

Prepare the studio for acceleration & pitch day

  • Self learning platform access
  • In person bootcamp & online mentoring
  • Game design & commercial opportunity validation
  • Business, financial & production plan validation
  • Pitch preparation support for entry to phase 2
  • Selection for acceleration phase
Acceleration Phase
Scaling Your Studio

Execute acceleration plan to game launch

  • Access to regular incentive payments
  • Online & face to face mentoring
  • Production support
  • Publishing & marketing mentorship
  • Access & introductions to publishers & investors

Meet Our Mentors

Raymond Yan

Senior Executive Vice President of DigiPen Institute of Technology & a veteran in digital interactive technology since 1990. Instrumental in establishing Nintendo Software Technology. Notable for expanding DigiPen's global footprint with campuses in Singapore and Spain, & since 2021, pivotal in developing Saudi Arabia's game industry

Dan Licari

Over 25 years helping ambitious & innovative companies in emerging technologies such games & immersive tech, to access funding, partners, & support they need to scale up & enter new markets. Sourced commercial & technology partners for hundreds of development firms, as well as for global brands

David Clark

Over 30 years in the video game industry, a respected video games industry veteran with board-level, marketing, sales and business development experience. Worked for leading publishers in the UK and the USA, was a founding director of Green Man Gaming & has successfully run his own industry consultancy business for some 15 years

Kristina Frolova

Managing Partner & CEO at Global Gaming Hub. Recognized for radical innovation in AI & ML. Supported numerous startups leading ventures to significant exits & unicorn-level successes. Her forte is strategic growth, game launches & global expansion

Joseph Saade

Operations Manager at DigiPen Institute of Technology with over 17 years in the industry. Experience in scaling startup operations, leading production & engineering teams

Samir Abou Samra

CTO International at DigiPen Institute of Technology, an accomplished executive & educator in game development technology, showcasing proven leadership in R&D & game development. Successfully delivered solutions to renowned companies such as The Boeing company, Renault F1, Nintendo software Technology, & Namco

Shawn Pitman

Led Game Design teams for over 20 years. As both a designer and a writer, he's released multiple titles in many genres & platforms for studios big & small

Nusrat Shah

Chartered Certified Accountant since 2000 with over 20 years of global & C-level board experience. Experienced in a wide range of business functions, including operational, financial, HR, compliance, M&A, & change management. Ms. Shah's illustrious career includes a decade as CFO/COO in the Mobile/Video games industry

Vincent Gossoub

Dynamic Founder & CEO of Nifty Craft & the driving force behind Falafel Games as its former CEO & current chairman. Experience in raising funds & scaling gaming studios regionally

Christopher Mifsud

Renowned leader in game design & development, is the CEO of Play On Words Studios & a consultant with Press Start Leadership

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Application Requirements

Saudi Leadership

Founders must be Saudi nationals

Key Roles/Skills Filled

Studio has designated leads in key disciplines such as game design, production, finance, business development


Willing & able to commit to working full-time on building your studio


Already have an MVP, game demo or vertical game slice

Registration Closing Date