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Sweden encourages game developers

Aron Andersson · 6 Maj 2008
Uppdaterad 15 Feb 2011
“It is an incredibly positive environment, where more mature companies can share their experience,” says Per-Arne Lundberg who is responsible for The Game Incubator in Skövde.  

“It is an incredibly positive environment, where more mature companies can share their experience,” says Per-Arne Lundberg who is responsible for The Game Incubator in Skövde.   Foto: Thomas Harrysson


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GAME. Sweden aims to lead the world in encouraging new game developers. The Game Incubator in Skövde helps fledgling games projects and companies to grow.

The game “Fret nice” became known when it used the controls from “Guitar Hero.” The sequel will soon be upon us, just one of several projects under development at The Game Incubator. “It is an incredibly positive environment, where more mature companies can share theirexperience,” says Per-Arne Lundberg who is responsible for The Game Incubator in Skövde.In general there are few dedicated games incubators in Sweden. Gameport, including Tarsier Studios, among others, is located in Blekinge; Gamesguard can be found in Falun and several games companies work out of Uminova in Umeå.

“Game development is such a tough industry that the chances of recruiting directly from school are poor. It would not have been possible without the incubators,” says Mattias ­Ny­gren, Tarsier Studios CEO.

Skövde houses the largest existing incubator, with six companies located there. Several of them develop games for PC, but the focus is mostly on console games.

“We see a trend towards the digital market places of X-box Live Arcade, Playstation Store and Wiiware. We are going to work with development for all of them; our focus at the moment is X-box Live Arcade,” says Per-Arne Lundberg.

Hopes are high that Sweden will take the lead within game development thanks to the investment in incubators. Investment capital firm Innovationsbron, has supported a pilot project in Skövde to encourage the Swedish game industry.

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