Mentorship is quite possibly the most effective way to channel the knowledge of game industry seniors to fresh professionals. Furthermore, this flow of knowledge is essential for the health and development of any industry ecosystem. It does not necessarily happen organically, so there is often a need to set up a game mentoring system.
Bigger companies often have their own systems for mentoring interns and new employees, and educational facilities might have one for the students, too. However, for entrepreneurs and company founders, there often is no system in place, unless the area has their own industry specific incubation or acceleration program.
In the Baltic Game Industry project, we tested several approaches to building and developing a mentoring system for game incubation. The project group ran pilots in a variety of countries around the Baltic Sea area. During and after the incubation pilots we compared our approaches and results. We also aimed to understand their relation to the state of the local ecosystem. To analyse and publish the results, we wrote the “Guideline for Set-Up and Maintenance of a Mentoring System for Game Business Incubation”. It is an output of the BGI project, originally published in March 2020.