On April 21st the Finnish game industry celebrated its 20th anniversary in a gala evening held in Helsinki. The Finnish Game Awards gathered together over 250 of Finland’s top game industry influencers from studios all over the country. The thriving Finnish games industry, which currently employs 2500 people in 260 active game developer studios all over Finland, also joined national politicians in the celebrations on Tuesday evening.
“In these twenty years, and especially during the last few, we have seen a huge transformation and growth in the Finnish game industry,” Koopee Hiltunen, Director of Neogames Finland Association, Finnish non-profit game industry organization, explains. “I’m extremely happy to see this enthusiastic attitude and so many new talented players continuously emerging in the market.”
The Finnish Game Awards gala was organized by the Finnish game developer studios association and Neogames Finland association. In addition to the traditional Game Awards (best Finnish Game, best Finnish Big Screen Game, best Finnish Mobile Game), the organizers also awarded the Rookie of the Year 2014, Sensation of the Year and Power Player of the Year 2014 in Finland. Sponsors of the gala evening include Colossal Order, Rovio Entertainment, RedLynx and Supercell, among many others.
“We feel it is important to award the best developers yearly and bring people together to celebrate the industry,” says Elina Arponen, Chairman of the board of the Finnish game developer studios association.
“It was exciting to celebrate together with so many fellow game developers. Finland is a great country to develop games in”, Damien Morello, Senior programmer from game studio Colossal Order says. “Finnish game studios openly share information on their games and help each other as much as they can in all issues related to the games business – I’ve never seen anything quite as open as this in any other industry that I’ve worked in before.”