Developers Behind Sims FreePlay, EA Maxis Mobile Studio Relocating to Helsinki, FInland

sims-freeplay-developed-ea-maxisMaxis is basically a subsidiary of the Electronic arts, more commonly known as EA. Maxis is one of the most famous game development label. Maxis is known widely for producing high quality games through its professional and talented programmers who produce high quality games.

Most of the Maxis games are Sims based. Maxis is gradually expanding to other countries, looking for talent to add in their teams. A highlight of this step can be seen by the Maxis studio in Helsinki. They have hired a lot of talented programmers in their Maxis Helsinki team. This Maxis studio is focusing mainly on The Sims, which is the specialty of the Maxis. They are still recruiting and making additions in their developer’s team.

EA Maxis opened its new mobile studio in Helsinki, Finland. The hiring process has already started over there. This Maxis store in Finland is focused mainly on producing The Sims franchise for mobile devices. The developers work hard to provide the best Sims experience for mobile devices. One of the areas they are focusing on is patching the Android and iOS apps from hackers who use The Sims Freeplay cheats.

As already mentioned, that as a label, Maxis focuses mainly on the mobile device experience. The general manager of Maxis seeks great talent in Finland. It is advent from his speech that he is hopeful for finding good talent in Finland. He sees Finland as a strong contributor to their mobile development projects.

The Sims franchise targets audiences on all platforms, but the team from Finland will focus on the task of producing some of the finest games and maintain The Sims’ tradition as the most creative game developer platform.

This Maxis Helsinki studio is led my Jami Laes, the Playfish VP of the global studios. Jami Laes joined the Electronics Arts Maxis studio under the General Manager Lucy Bradshaw.

The main purpose of opening this studio in Helsinki, Finland is to find and get benefited from the game developing potential in the country. As this studio is mainly focused on mobile games development, it is clear that EA is seeking some good potential from this region that is popular for its programming skills.

Just for the starters, the programmer of the world famous, Angry Birds is also from Finland. So, there is no doubt that the Maxis Helsinki studio will be among the world’s top mobile game developing arena. Get ready for the top gaming experience. Who knows what milestones this Maxis studio in Helsinki will achieve in the upcoming days?

Analysis Behind Booming Mobile Game Industry in Finland

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 reportings, 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.

The Best Places to Dine in Finland

Finland has many attractions for tourists, but it’s food stands out the most. Every country has its own distinct flavors and tastes, and it would be an absolute loss if you went to visit Finland and did not try its world-famous cuisine. Following is a list of eateries that you must visit in order to get a taste of what Finland has to offer. These are the best restaurants and cafés in Finland. Continue reading