It’s no secret that Finland has some of the coldest and darkest winters in the world. So how is it that a remote country with only 5.5 million citizens became the unofficial mobile gaming ‘capital’ of the world?
It turns out that programming becomes the ideal hobby when it’s that cold out. Finland has incubated some of the best mobile games and that industry has seen phenomenal growth over the past years — from €87 million in 2008 to nearly €2.4 billion in 2015.
This phenomenal success of Finnish mobile game studios stems in part from a subculture known for its openness and willingness to share knowledge. From indie devs just hitting the scene, to those who have grown into full-fledged studios, learn lessons from the leaders in mobile game design about how they use creative innovation & forward thinking to drive player engagement and retention in free-to-play mobile games.
Panelists include: Erik Pöntiskoski of DoDreams, Jari Paananen of Traplight Games, and Saara Bergström of Next Games.