protoStarLogoWhiteBGBorderProtoStar is a new fund designed to provide Capital Region game developers with early stage funding support for original game projects. The ProtoStar fund helps local game makers take promising ideas from the concept phase to the point where they have a working interactive prototype.

If you have an idea for a game project that you want to get off the ground, we want to hear about it! We will be holding our first ProtoStar Pitching Contest on December 9th, 2018. Sign up below and pitch your concept for an opportunity to win thousands of dollars in prizes. Participants in the contest will also receive invaluable feedback on their pitch from a panel of expert judges.

The deadline to sign up for the ProtoStar Pitching Contest is December 7th, 2018 at midnight EST.

When & Where:

Tech Valley Game Space (30 3rd Street, Troy NY)

December 9th, 2018



What are the eligibility requirements?

Participants must be 18 or older, and must be currently active Tech Valley Game Space coworking members.


How much does this cost?

Participation is free for all Tech Valley Game Space coworking members. If you’re not a TVGS member, you can sign up via our Patreon page or apply for a free trial membership.


What does the contest winner receive?

The winner will receive a funding award of $2000, and the runner-up will receive a prize of $1000. Everyone that participates will receive invaluable feedback from our panel of expert judges.


How long should my pitch last?

Your pitch should last no longer than 10 minutes. Pitches will be followed by a 10 minute Q&A session with the judges.


What information should my pitch include?

Your pitch should cover:

  • A brief summary of your game concept
  • What you intend to create for the prototype version
  • How you would use the funding award to help create your prototype
  • Background info on yourself and/or your team
  • Your plan for using the prototype to secure additional funding and bring the game to market


Are you looking for any particular types of games?

We are looking for games that are currently in the early concept/pre-production phase, or at most have a rough prototype that serves only as a partial illustration of the concept. The purpose of ProtoStar is to support the creation of polished game prototypes; if your project is already at or beyond this stage of development, then it isn’t suitable for this contest.


What criteria will the judges be using to evaluate my pitch?

The judges will be considering both the artistic and commercial potential of your game concept, as well as the overall feasibility of the project and how achievable your plan appears to be.

We want to support original ideas that push the medium forward, and open up games to new audiences. At the same time, we also want to see evidence that you have considered the target market for your game and the economic prospects for the project as a whole.

Ultimately, the judges will be favoring game pitches that demonstrate a greater likelihood of garnering additional funding, moving beyond the prototype phase, and eventually achieving a successful launch.


What support resources are available to help me refine and polish my pitch?

We recommend taking a look at the following talks and articles for pointers on how to craft your pitch:

30 Things I Hate About Your Game Pitch

Pitching to publishers: How to impress and what to avoid

How to pitch to publishers at GDC

Pitching to perfection: 7 reasons why your game pitch fails

What a pitch: Rami Ismail on talking to the press, publishers, platform holders and players

How to properly describe a video game: a helpful lesson from GDC

How To Pitch Your Project To Publishers

How To Pitch Your Indie Game


What if I need information about my pitch to be kept confidential?

All pitches will take place in private, with each individual or team having their own dedicated session with the judges. TVGS will not share any information regarding your pitch or game concept without your express prior consent.

If you require a written guarantee of confidentiality, such as a non-disclosure agreement, please contact us at and we will be happy to discuss your circumstances in greater detail.


Does TVGS/ProtoStar claim any ownership stake or make profit from my work?

Nope! You retain full ownership of everything you pitch or create as a part of ProtoStar.


Where should I direct additional questions?

Please email any additional questions to