MCV has published a fascinating fact file on the games industry in Finland on its website. For your convenience we have summarised the article in a few bullet points:
- Finland is primarily known for its domination of the mobile sector with giants Rovio (Angry Birds) and Supercell (Clash of Clans) both hailing from the country.
- According to market tracker Neogames, 83% of Finnish studios operating in 2014 were working on iOS titles, with 71% aiming for release on Android. Only 45% were working on a PC title, with 12% preferring Xbox One and 13% targeting the PlayStation 4.
- Titles on non-mobile platforms have been successful too. Colossal Order’s PC exclusive title Cities: Skylines sold over 1 million copies worldwide in just over a month. Finnish studio Remedy’s upcoming Xbox One release Quantum Break was revealed alongside Microsoft’s console, following the global success of the Alan Wake and Max Payne franchises.
- An estimated 260 development studios were actively working in Finland by the end of 2014. 69% of all Finnish studios are estimated to be less than five years old. These start-ups have been supported by bountiful funding from the government. The Finnish games industry investment totalled €25.29 million last year.