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GAMES FACTORY

A Home for Game Devs and a Community of Studios

Games Factory is a Finnish Games Industry initiative with a mission:

  • To establish a physical “embassy” and showroom for the Finnish Games Industry in Helsinki.

  • To promote Games as a cultural export and communicate with international media and audiences of gamers and non-gamers.

  • To build a two-way pipeline and protocol between Industry and Educational Institutions.

  • To establish a fully cooperative network of networks, combining  existing initiatives across Finland and neighboring countries.

  • Run a community of game studios in Helsinki and create breathing grounds for new talent, thriving businesses and success stories.

Year 0 - Building Momentum & Establishing Partnerships
Year 1 - Project Launch
Year 2 - Growth and Expanding Capabilities
Year 3 - Full Potential & Moon Landing

“Embassy” and Showroom

Helsinki is missing a lighthouse, a physical location that foreign investors can visit, a showcase to attract international talents. A working embassy that can help new companies setup and invite multinational studios to come to Finland.

In collaboration with industry associations this is part of a nation wide project that aims to interconnect several ongoing initiatives and game clusters.

Games as a cultural export

With Games effectively being the current greatest cultural export of Finland it is time to establish a version of “Visit Finland” for Finnish Games which aims to actively promote the industry as a whole, to communicate with international media and both gamer and non-gamer audiences.

This is a move than can benefit existing existing and new studios alike. It can help reach more players and facilitate the internationalisation of already established studios.

Ultimately it promotes Finland as brand, it won’t be Hollywood or Silicon Valley, it will be different and it can be big.

Educational pipeline

There are 23 institutions providing Games Education and an ever growing demand for skilled game developers.

We want to formalize cooperation and create an interface between the Finnish games industry and educational institutions, aiming to improve the quality and quantity of the Game Studies programs.

Have protocols in place so that Institutions can easily request local clusters and Game Studios to provide programme advisory, guest lecturers, supervisors, internship programs, master classes, summer courses, visiting experts and even real world projects to work on as well as grants for young talents.

A Community of Studios

More than just shared offices, the Games Factory is built upon and supported by a self organizing community of game studios with shared interests and a shared culture.

Requiring public funding for the initial setup and development phase, it aims to become a self sustaining business within 3 years, having already gathered more potential studios than can fit into a single building.

Through common infrastructure, business intelligence, experts, services, consulting, a thriving and unique work culture, we will change the fate of dozens of game studios for the better in both business and quality of work life.

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