Presented at Colombia 3.0. (2013). The story is about IGDA Finland & the growth of Finnish game development community. What are the key building blocks, how IGDA Finland became being one of the most active IGDA chapters in the world.
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No one wants your idea. example kakaotalk. do not worry about losing your idea. worry about not finding the right people. start reading, start talking, try try try
The International Game Developers Association is a non-profit professional society that is committed to advancing the careers and enhancing the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community.
The success story of Finnish game industry and IGDA Finland
“Give me a place to stand on
I will move the world”.
“Queen Bee” and President of IGDA Finland
It will never work!
“It never felt like a viable business. Rather it felt like
anything good will ever come out of this.”
(Jani Penttinen CEO Transfluent, Ex-Remedy, Ex-Housemarque, Ex-
WestWood Studios, Ex-Bloodhouse)
Gamer Developer Gamers
“I didn’t do anything – just played games all the time.”
“We made the first $$$ publishing deal for Remedy
when working at the basement of my parents’ house.
When I showed the contract to my father, he was
totally amazed. Is this real business? So you are
actually doing something productive - not just playing
(Samuli Syvähuoko, Ex-Remedy, Ex-Recoil)
Social is the key
It does not matter where you are
Group, friendship, fans, hobby, support matters
Success drives good spirit and success
Believe in yourself, find likeminded and try things
Passion, emotion, motivation
Better than the rest
Over 400 people attended April 2013
(Country of 5Million ppl, 200 game studios,
1800 ppl working in the games industry)
We are open (for better, for worse)
Community rules, community helps
Together against the world
Focus on growing the industry
Share Share Share
Find the right people
Try Fail Try Fail Learn
May the best win
Hype is good for you
Everyone wants part of the gold dust
Hype attracts attention
Attention attracts investors
VC's attract talent
Talent means fresh ideas
It is connected to learning from other ecosystems
It is a positive spin
How are we different
Core competencies: telecom & IT industry
expertise, mobile SW. Public financial support,
crackers (demo scene) ‘n’ gamers.
Find your own way of games development
The Finnish way
American entrepreneurs sell stories and
dreams. Apple is a story.
Finnish entrepreneurs sell about technology
and reality. Nokia is about pixels and bytes.
Do not over glorify Silicon Valley or Israel
No hipsters around here
Assembly Summer 2013 4K winner
Assembly summer 2013
3590 € /
Source: Neogames 2013
1-2-3-4-5-6 to get started
1. Build on what you have
2. The things you do not have will come
3. If you do not have anything, start something! This
happen surprisingly fast!
4. Failing is part of the story
5. There needs to be a leader – one torchbearer
6. Every company does not have to make the same
mistakes – community rules!
What’s the core activity?
What’s the need (who is the audience)
Act fast, solve problems
Keep high quality and trustworthiness
Push new ideas
Document events, activities, history
Spread the word
What do you think?