Happy holidays to you and yours! We're looking forward to spending time with friends and family after a pretty insane first year at BetterPlay Studios. Vanessa and I look at 2023 with gratitute in our hearts for the people, experiences, and progress we've enjoyed these past 12 months. It has been the most demanding, exhilerating, frustrating, but worthwhile endeavor either of us have embarked on. And we're just getting started! Let's take a look back at recent happenings.
Here is what we've been up to since our Fall 2023 update. OCTOBER - What a crazy month! In addition to refining our process for integrating healthy mechanics into our games as well as putting extra polish on the prototype for The OutDwellers, we were out and about in the community in a big way. We exhibited at the Kubly Foundation's "Beyond the Blues" event, supporting their work and helping bring awareness to serious issues around suicide and depression.
We were joined by friends from Lost Boys Interactive, MidWest Games, Filament Games, and the MKE Esports Alliance to host the first ever summit in Milwaukee, WI to discuss the future of the video games industry in the state.
Our CEO, Michael Sapiro, also met with members of the WI state legislature as part of a coalition to provide incentives to develop the video games industry in the state.
NOVEMBER - We kept things moving by finalizing vision around our newest product, KOZEE and filming an announcement video with the super talented Jay Sapiro. We also appeared on Marcus Howards' hit podcast where we were able to go deeper into mental health and gaming. We also had a lot of laughs. Give him a follow on LinkedIn! (And stay tuned for more podcasts we recorded in Nov with folks that are yet to be released ).
Finally, COO Vanessa Lane won one of the largest pitch competitions in the region at MI Tech Week! In front of a packed Big House in Ann Arbor, MI she and her pitch partners wowed the judges with a unique social impact vision and brought home a sizeable award.
DECEMBER - The big story this month is the announcement around our new KOZEE subsctiption gaming platform. This is going to be a gamechanger for the millions of Americans who turn to video games for mental health reasons every year and for the thousands of psychologists who are already exploring how video games can improve their client's lives.
What does the future hold in store for BetterPlay Studios? You will just have to keep following us to find out. We have a bold vision and are currently looking for partners who can help us accomplish that vision together. However, as we've done for the past year, we will continue to work relentlessly to show the world how video games can be a force for good and help address the global mental health crisis.
If you would like to learn more, reach out to me directly at: sapiro(at)betterplaystudios.com
Wishing you all a blessed holiday season and a joyous new year.
Now go play some video games!