The Finnish Game industry that has grown from scratch to world’s largest gaming sector within a short span has been an inspiration for the world. The video games developed in the 80’s fast found space and conversion into the mobile apps over the recent years—keeping up momentum with the advent of technology.
As per the estimates of Neogames, the industry had a turnover of 900 million Euros in 2013. From Angry birds to Clash of Clans, the mobile gaming industry has led to a sensation around the world. In fact, the gaming sector has been Finland’s largest revenue generator.
A brief on the success propellers
The country had video game developers working since the 80s and the commercial games were first developed then. But the industry’s real boon was witnessed in 2009 with the launch of Angry Birds by Rovio in 2009. The games attracted the world’s attention towards Finland in 2009 highlighting the industry’s huge potential.
The popularity of Rovio was followed by huge investments made by big developed countries in Finland’s gaming industry. Supercell was the second money-spinner launched by Finland in 2010.
In 2012, meanwhile, the Clash of Clans created a world record by making gross hits around the world. The game now named as Boom Beach continues to act as a big crowd-puller for the market players in Finland.
The reasons behind success
At present, a majority (about 80%) of industry players use mobiles as the gaming platform in Finland though the country has had a history of developing video games on other platforms like PC or console. Online games are another popular platform. However, less than 5% of the developers have inclination towards it while mobile gaming continues to dominate the industry.
The factors that have been the driving force for Finland’s ever rising success in the field of games include high-end technology, strategic planning and implementation, robust gaming culture, better cooperation among players and excellent knowledge of developers on mobile platforms.
While over 200 big game developing companies have marked their presence in the industry, the gaming culture has motivated several start-up companies to step in too, over the past decade.
Rovio: the consistent inspiration to Finnish Game sector
The company that has drawn huge success to the entire industry of gaming in Finland over the years has continued to augment and remain at the top. Based on latest analysis by taste3, it currently employs over 700 developers and has been credited for the development of Angry Birds—the most popular mobile game. In a boon to many gaming start-ups, the Finland government has been spending sincerely in their development. In 2013, the government made an investment of 5.3 million only on start-ups.