Summer Bridge is an incubator program for the most promising student game projects.  Selected game teams will spend time in a hands-on ten-week workshop with both industry experts and USC Games faculty to develop their student projects into publishable products.  Topics covered include incorporation, marketing, finance and pitching to investors or publishers.

Highlights

  • Wild Honesty

    Brian Handy continued developing his MFA thesis project in the Summer Bridge program. With the support of the program and a grant from the Bigglesworth Family Foundation, he was able to form a LLC and hire independent contractors for art, UI, and testing. Wild Honesty will be released in the very new future - see http://wildhonesty.com/ for updates.

  • Kaisuo

    After participating in the Summer Bridge program, the team showed their VR Chinese puzzle box at GDC and PAX East with Indie MEGAbooth and launched on both Steam and Oculus! The game directors are adamant that “without the Bridge program, we would never have had the time, space, equipment, connections, or know-how to have Kaisuo cross over from a fledgling college project to a 4+ star rated game on the Oculus store…”

  • Prasad Interactive

    Keshav Prasad participated in the Summer Bridge program to hone his business acumen as an installation artist and independent contractor. He is currently enjoying success with a local events agency, Radiance Lightworks, and has executed a number of high-profile works such as Fear of God at the Getty Museum.

  • When I get free

    Ken Egu took advantage of the Summer Bridge program to prepare his interactive-comic-book-game "When I Get Free" for release on the Apple App Store! He was able to form his own company to publish and create marketing materials.

What is the Summer Bridge?
USC Games Summer Bridge is an annual summer incubator program that helps students form their own companies and take their creative work to market!

Bridge is open to all USC students with games in development, regardless of where they are in the world. Students can apply for this program using the application link below.

What will I get out of participating?

  • You’ll get the most out of the program if you have a clear vision for your project (and have taken at least one USC Games business course). That way faculty can mentor you towards your specific goal.
  • Generally speaking, if selected, you will gain the business and legal acumen, pitch materials, and other tools necessary to found a company, pursue funding, or publish/publishing deal.
  • Guest experts and speakers mean good networking connections, and on the last day you will pitch your project to an outside audience.

Will this make me successful?
The Bridge wants to help you achieve success, however you define it, so if you are determined and need a bit of extra mentorship and advice, chances are you will be successful. Just look at some notable past participants like Freeform Labs, EctoPlaza, Chambara, Kaisuo, and more!

When and where is this happening?
Bridge runs for 10 weeks from late May to the end of July. Classes will meet online and the exact dates and times are TBA.

How do I apply?
Applications open February 25th and close on April 15th. Application link here.

What if I have more questions?
We will update this page periodically so check back for more information. You may also write to USCinteractive@cinema.usc.edu for further inquiries.