MCV has published a fascinating fact file on the games industry in Poland on its website. According to the article Poland is fast becoming the keystone of Eastern European games development. For your convenience we have summarised the article in a few bullet points:
- According to a 2014 report by B2B event organiser Digital Dragons, 60% of Polish internet users play games: 35% play on PC, just one in ten opt for consoles. 28% play on smartphones and tablets.
- The best-known Polish development studio is CD Projekt Red, which produces the Witcher series. The franchise used to be primarily PC based, but the third and final entry The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was also released on Xbox One and PS4.
- People Can Fly is another talented Polish studio. They are best known for the Painkiller series and the FPS game Bulletstorm (published by EA). For several years the studio was owned by Epic Games, but it has reclaimed its independence since June 2015.
- The small independent studio 11 Bit garnered a lot of critical and commercial success with the digital title This War of Mine (PC, iOS, consoles).
- Poland boasts the 23rd-largest games industry in the world, according to market tracker Newzoo.
- 2014 games revenue totalled €262,66 million – more than double its next closest Eastern Europe competitor, Romania, which saw revenue of €114,89 million.