According to GamesBeat, the fast-growing game industry has turned into the biggest success story for state-funded Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, which supports the research and development activities of technology companies and startups. For example, Tekes invested EUR 400,000 in the Helsinki-based company Supercell which produced the game Clash of Clans, and now the highly profitable startup will be paying an estimated EUR 260 million in taxes to the government.
Finland currently has 180 game startups with 3,000 employees. In addition to attracting the superstars of the game industry, Grand Cru has many trainees coming from GamePro, which is a game education program sponsored by the Finnish government.
The ambitious Supernauts game has been in the making for over two years and is currently being tested in Canada. Grand Cru has raised USD 16 million in two rounds of venture funding from investors including Rick Thompson, Idinvest Partners, Lifeline Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, and Nokia Growth Partners.