The survey aims to track developments in the games industry in Skåne and Blekinge, the two southernmost regions in Sweden.
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Stand out figures show that the gaming industry is continuing to grow at supersonic rates; Digital games companies in Southern Sweden increased their turn-over by over 55% from 2013 – 2014 with an industry total of nearly 100 M EUR.
The amount of game studios in the region has almost doubled over the year, adding to larger players in the industry such as Ubisoft Massive, Mediocre, King, Simogo and Tarsier Studios.
Most of the gaming companies included in the survey are located in Malmö (62%), followed by Karlshamn (20%) and Helsingborg (11%).
The majority of surveyed companies anticipate increased turnover and plan to hire more employees in the coming year. 2016 will also bring large milestones, such as major releases from established developers including The Division from Ubisoft Massive and Hunger from Tarsier Studios.
“Game developers in Southern Sweden are at the forefront of a fast moving industry. This report is integral to understanding their needs so that we can best support them to succeed and to do what they do best, make good games." says Daniel Kipowski, Head of ICT Investment at Invest in Skåne.
Peter Lübeck, head of the Game City Initiative, believes that the global impact of the games industry in Southern Sweden should be recognized for the role it plays in Sweden’s international presence and export.
“There's been a lot of hype about the impact of TV shows like 'Bron', but I would love to see more discussions about the impact of The Division, Smash Hit or Year Walk – all games being developed and released by studios in the region.” says Lübeck. “Smash Hit alone has seen 100 million downloads worldwide and Year Walk was recently published by Nintendo in Japan.”
- 55 game studios are active within digital game development in southern Sweden (up from 32 last year).
- 39 companies evaluated had a combined turnover of 919 M SEK.
- The majority of companies are profitable and report a combined profit of 341.1 M SEK during 2014.
- The industry boasts a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 36.9% 2011-2014 and a 56.8% increase in turnover from 2013-2014.
- As of October 2015, there are an estimated total of 692 people employed in game development in the region, from 39 different nationalities.
The 2015 report can be accessed here