Today, we officially unveil Baby Ghosts, the nonprofit arm of Weird Ghosts. Baby Ghosts is founded with a mission close to our hearts: to expand access to startup supports such as grants and business education, to build our thriving community, and to make a material impact on the sector with our research.
We recognize the financial hurdles and systemic barriers that underrepresented game studio founders often face, and we aim to change that by:
- Providing grants to game studios helmed by underrepresented founders.
- Creating an engaged community of founders, experts, and supporters who share knowledge, resources, and camaraderie.
- Conducting research on funding disparities within Canada and advocate for systemic change.
We began our work under the banner of Weird Ghosts with a long-term commitment toward building profitable, impact-oriented studios with equitable worker-centric structures. Baby Ghosts amplifies this mission, with a primary focus on dismantling financial barriers and cultivating an ecosystem where underrepresented voices thrive.
Weird Ghosts will continue to make SEAL-based investments up to $150,000 in early-stage studios, while Baby Ghosts will focus on providing grants and business education to emerging studios.
Key to Baby Ghosts’ programming is our grant and accelerator. Every year, ten emerging game studios will receive a no-strings-attached grant of $25,000 each, along with a six-month structured mentorship program. This initiative, entering its third cycle this winter, aims to solidify operations, target startup pain points, and help new studios create sustainable businesses. We also aim to bring social impact literacy to the industry.
We are also developing a community of values-aligned studio founders, industry mentors, allies, and partners. Through regular meetups, facilitated discussions, and community-building activities, we are building a support network that centres and uplifts marginalized and underrepresented developers.
Finally, through Baby Ghosts, we are building our research and impact practice to articulate barriers in the funding ecosystem within Canada. We will strongly advocate for funders to reimagine their existing inequitable funding approaches.
This initiative is at its heart a collective and cooperative endeavour. Our partnership with Gamma Space, trust of our donors, and the engagement of our vibrant community are testaments to the collaborative spirit behind Baby Ghosts. And as we embark on this journey, we extend an invitation to game studios, industry groups, and every individual passionate about fostering equity and inclusion within game development to contribute to our mission.