Re­gion Spe­cific: Fin­land

Af­ter an­other boom­ing 12 months, Helsinki’s game in­dus­try is plot­ting its next course


Fin­land’s game in­dus­try has been grow­ing at pace for sev­eral years, but only in the past 12 months have things ex­ploded. The bil­lion-euro in­vest­ment in Su­per­cell has seen VCs flock to the coun­try look­ing for the next big thing, and our lat­est visit to Helsinki finds an in­dus­try that is flush with cash and teem­ing with ideas. One of the na­tion’s longestrun­ning stu­dios, House­mar­que (p134) is plan­ning its next move on mo­bile and con­sole af­ter the suc­cess of PS4 launch game Re­so­gun. A few miles away, RedL­ynx (p136) is sim­i­larly plan­ning a mul­ti­plat­form as­sault with the forth­com­ing Tri­als Fron­tier and Tri­als Fu­sion. Mean­while, the con­tin­u­ing suc­cess of An­gry Birds has seen Rovio (p138) ex­pand both else­where in Fin­land and over­seas, its at­ten­tion broad­en­ing be­yond just games and into mer­chan­dis­ing and film­mak­ing. It’s not just about the big play­ers, though. Every­play (p140) has am­bi­tious plans for a small com­pany, be­liev­ing it can solve the iOS/An­droid dis­cov­er­abil­ity prob­lem with a video shar­ing and stream­ing ser­vice. Next Games (p142) in­tends to spear­head the next gen­er­a­tion of free-to-play mo­bile games with an all-star team con­sist­ing of for­mer Rovio, Rem­edy and Su­per­cell staff, while fel­low startup PlayRaven (p144) plans to use its founders’ rich mix of ex­pe­ri­ence to bring a new layer of depth to the iPad strat­egy genre.

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