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These studios have already turned Sweden into a hotbed for interactive entertainment. Now, executives at King, Mojang Rovio (Helsinki-based, with a lot of Swedes working for it), and Avalanche Studios are starting a global games accelerator focused on raising the profile of creative talent in Sweden.
Under the program, 20 aspiring game developers will spend eight weeks with all expenses paid in a traditional “Stugan” in the Swedish countryside, where they will be supported and mentored while building their games during the summer 2015. Top Swedish game leaders will visit the cabin and hold lectures and workshops around their respective areas of focus with an aim to inspire excellence. All participants will keep the rights to the games they work on.
Individuals or small teams can start applying in January 2015. At the end of the project, the developers will present their work to potential publishers, sponsors and investors at an event in Stockholm.
The Swedish game group says that game developer’s turnover, or revenues, were $1 billion in 2013, up 76 percent. Employment was up 29 percent to 2,534 employees. The number of women in the industry grew by 38 percent, with the percentage of women now pegged at 27 percent. Over half the companies in the industry were started after 2010.
Turnover for game developers in the industry increased 600 percent from 2013 to 2013. The global games market grew 14 percent in the same period according to Price Waterhouse Coopers Global Media Outlook. The biggest hit has been Candy Crush Saga.
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