John Austin, director of videogame company accelerator Joystick Labs, is looking for more new ventures to help fund and launch.

“Here at Joystick Labs, we’re proud to announce that our 2012 program will begin on August 20 with an application deadline of May 25,” Austin writes in a blog about the program at the American Underground in Durham’s American Tobacco Historic District.

“Joystick Labs provides funding and mentorship for aspiring game development teams through a unique 12-week program in Durham. Since its inception in 2010, Joystick Labs has funded and mentored seven startup game studios, including:

  • Lab Rats Studio, a team with no previous experience, who launched their critically-acclaimed iOS title M.U.S.E. in January 2012
  • Nix Hydra Studio, another team that started with no game development experience and has since received significant angel funding to develop their first title, Wishing Well
  • Mighty Rabbit Studios, whose iOS title Saturday Morning RPG [launched in February]
  • Wefiends, whose iOS title We Make Movies will launch in March

“Joystick Labs is looking for great teams with innovative game ideas, regardless of previous development experience. For each company selected, we provide funding, mentoring, support and introductions to publishers and other influencers in the game development community. The shared experience with other new studios in the 12-week program establishes a creative cauldron that benefits everyone involved.”

Austin is at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week looking for possible applicants.

Joystick also will host a webinar on April 4 at 3 p.m. to provide more details about the program.

The application process opened March 6 and runs through May 25.

For more details, read here.

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