Blog / 02.06.2017

Secret recipe behind Finland’s gaming success

Oleg Paliy Business Advisor, Gaming Invest in Finland, Finpro

Almost everyone is aware of Supercell, the developer of Clash of Clans, Hay Day and Clash Royale, as well as Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds. But I think there is much more with Finland and gaming.


Finland has become a true hotspot for game development. In recent years, the country’s community-minded ecosystem has reached some seriously impressive results.


The Finnish gaming industry has ballooned with a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent over the last decade. In 2016, the industry recorded a whopping turnover of 2.5 billion euros. Besides, the revenues of the industry have been world’s highest in relation to population.


The secret recipe behind Finland’s success is at least threefold, and frankly, quite simple. Firstly, just like mentioned above, the gaming ecosystem is very community-minded. Gaming activities unite people. It is not so much about rivalry or rigid competition, but more about coming together as people who share similar professional interests.


Second point is about Finland’s willingness to adopt top-notch technologies. People in here are very open-minded towards new technologies, which in turn is obviously a good thing for companies with new services and applications.


Thirdly, it is of vital importance that the Finnish government understands the great value of the gaming sector. For instance, in education. Currently, over 20 educational institutions all over the country offer programs with a focus on gaming, attracting students not only from Finland but also from countries like Germany, Japan and Russia.


The results are solid, but so is the reputation


Game industry specialists have ranked Finland third for game development among European countries. Meanwhile, the capital Helsinki is becoming a globally recognized startup hub, even turning abandoned hospitals to massive startup clusters.


All things considered, it’s hardly a surprise that foreign gaming studios have increasingly decided to join Helsinki’s gaming cluster. One of the recent examples is JetDogs, which moved their headquarters to Finland with an aim to expand to the larger European market. The company was originally found in Russia more than ten years ago.


All set for Finnish Game Day'17


As plenty of new opportunities unfold in Finland, the Finnish Game Day ’17 will bring together Finnish and Russian gaming experts to learn more about Finland’s vibrant gaming ecosystem and its opportunities.


The event will be held at the General Consulate of Finland in Saint Petersburg June 13, 2017.


At the event, key people from both Finnish and Russian game industries meet up to network as well as share ideas and insights into latest gaming trends.


Join the event and watch the highlights from last year.