Helsinki becomes international game industry hotspot

A fifth of the game industry’s employees come from outside Finland and international game companies are now looking to establish offices in Helsinki.

Finnish game companies are behind major international hit games like Angry Birds, Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Max Payne and Alan Wake. These successful games have also focused the attention of the international game industry on Finland, according to KooPee Hiltunen, Director of Neogames, an umbrella organisation that represents all sectors of the Finnish game industry.

“The Helsinki region and Finland in general are now one of the hotspots of the gaming industry. Everyone is really interested in Helsinki whether they are an investor, publisher, game development studio or some other international actor.” The interest has now reached the point that international game companies are looking to establish offices in Helsinki.

More growth expected

The turnover of the Finnish game industry has grown by 50% since 2011. Last year the turnover for game development in Finland was EUR 250 million, and the figure is expected to double this year. “Neogames has estimated that by the year 2020 the core industry’s turnover would be EUR 1.5 billion. Now it seems that this is quite an under-estimate,” says Hiltunen.

A fifth of the 1800 people employed by the Finnish game industry come from outside the country. The proportion of international staff is even higher in the biggest and most successful gaming companies Rovio, Supercell and Remedy, where a quarter or a third of the employees are non-Finns.

Source: Kauppalehti