Those are the strategic figures of the Finnish gaming industry at the moment. Last night, prime time news in Finland covered the gaming industry in proper spotlight and outlined a few key figures of the industry. This year, the gaming industry is expected to generate 165 million euros in revenue and in doing so they employ 1200 people. Despite this somewhat significant size of the industry for such a small country, it has yet to see any real public acknowledgement from media at large or politicians. The downside of all this is that there are very few schools who teach anything related to the games industry.
The background of the gaming industry is in the demo scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Much of this is thanks to organisations such as Assembly, which is a large LAN party organised in Hartwall Areena here in Finland. Annually, it gathers thousands of passionate computer geeks to code and showcase their work over a weekend. One of the founders of Assembly is actually Jussi Laakkonen, the founder of Applifier, a cross promotion platform to promote games and other applications on Facebook.
All in all, the games industry in Finland is becoming the largest cultural industry in Finland. Furthermore, it was said in the news story that the gaming industry in Finland is also the largest in the Nordics.
A concrete example of game companies pushing the boundary forward is Supercell launching Gunshine.net to Facebook today. According to Ilkka Paananen, the CEO of the company, Gunshine.net is the first real multiplayer game on Facebook.
Paananen also believes that the tablet revolution is going to disrupt the social games market further. According to him, this will give huge opportunities for smaller developers to take market share from the more established players. Supercell launched Gunshine.net at Slush 2011.
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