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.