Play Finland’s Weekly Newsletter
In this report we will combine week 25&26/2021 from the Finnish Game Industry and will be posted every Friday afternoon. Check out the previous post here.
News are gathered from the Play Finland group posts during the week. That is why we recommend you to post by yourself (however not flood) your Finnish Game Industry related news to the group. It also guarantees that your news will be visible in the weekly newsletter /news compilation. Play Finland is at the moment one of the main channels for sharing information inside the industry.
- 12-16 July PGC London 2021
- 17th July Info Session: Scaling Hong Kong to Nordics – A Market Opportunity for Creative Digital Entertainment & Games By Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
- 19th-23rd of July GDC 2021
- 23rd-24th July JAMBIKE – JKL PitStop – DGC / online. Please do pre registration here latest 16th of July 2021 https://forms.gle/8eivQzd8YBdNdFUt6
- 31st July KOR-FIN Esports Festival 2021 한-핀 e스포츠 페스티벌
- 10th September BSGI – Mentor Workshop (part of Baltic Sea Game Incubation program!)
- 28th Sept – 1st Oct PGC Helsinki 2021
- 14-15th October W Love Games
- Jaakko Kylmäoja has been appointed as the permanent CEO of Fingersoft.
- The Future of Control: Remedy signs an agreement with 505 Games to co-publish and develop a multiplayer spin-off game of Control. For more details, refer to investor website.
- Sony Buys Returnal Developer Housemarque
- Boom Corp. raises $1.8M to make social games like Boom Slingers
- Rovio gains exclusive rights for Moomin mobile games & Rovio plans to bring some of the most iconic Finnish mobile games back to the application stores.
- Next Games is launching the second round of “Next Games Game Developer Academy” – A program for students, but also more experienced programmers, looking to get into the games industry. The Academy kicks off next fall. Read more and apply now!
- Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced Finland’s goals to advance gender equality in technology. IGDA Finland and We in Games Finland support this by their ow Generation Equality commitment.
Open jobs & Recruitment:
- Huawei is looking for an experienced engineering lead to join them in Finland Research Center to lead native real-time graphics rendering development for Cloud.
- Playmore Games is looking for a marketing expert to join their team! Knowledge of the board game industry and market is a benefit.
- If your game project involves a dystopian/futuristic/cyberpunk cruising, then this song might interest you! Feel free to go listen to Ville Vainionpää other game/film related music and contact them.
- GamePro by Saranen is looking for companies to a recruitment round starting in late August/early September! For more information, contact Arja Martikainen or Tommi Ohtonen or buy online.
- If you are looking for talented games industry professionals for short- or long-term hire – please check out the anonymous GameDevTalents board with screened and pre-interviewed talents ranging from mid to senior levels of experience and open to career opportunities. Feel free to reach out for details! And if you are Talent working in games industry or willing to join the Finnish games industry, feel free to apply https://gamedevtalents.com
- Take a look at https://thehub.fi/jobs for the current list of all jobs available in the Finnish Game Industry!
- Marten Palu asks for recommendation for mocap studios available as a service, in Finland? Optical, not inertial; larger mocap space (suitable for sprinting); min 100fps capability; full transforms of bodies, rather than point cloud; ability to capture at least 2 actors simultaneously.
- Gabriele Aimone is asking for ‘guide’ on relocation. In specific they is looking at some sort of cost table (i.e. relocating from France X€ from Brazil X€) Does anything like this exist?
- Play Finland FB group Admin Note: Facebook has changed its settings for public groups like Play Finland 11.6.2021. According to new settings, it is now by default possible to react, post and comment on Play Finland as a visitor without being a member. In addition to this new members don´t require admin approval any more. Since these policies seem to attract trolls and spammers, we have been forced to change our operating procedures and group settings a bit.
From this point on, all the first posts and comments require admin approval regardless if you are a member or not. However after first post / comment has been approved by admins, admins can grant member authorization to publish new posts and comments without admin approval.All this may slow down posting and commenting a bit especially during summer when admins are having their holidays. We are sorry about any inconvenience / delays, but in order to keep discussion in Play Finland troll and spam free and constructive as it has been so far (thanks to you our members), we consider this kind of change in rules of engagement was necessary.Though we can filter posts and comments, it seems that there is nothing we can do for reactions by visitors. Please keep in mind that in this new situation reactions don´t necessarily reflect opinions of the group.
- Retro Rewind 1/2019 article (in Finnish only) released online
- To be able to seek talent everywhere, the video gaming industry would greatly benefit from an improved immigration infrastructure. Read EGDF’s response on the EU’s ‘’Digitalization of Visa Procedures Questionnaire for Public Consultation’’ and share your stories with them.
- We In Games has released: Gender in Play – large-scale content analysis about the character representation and diversity in Finnish games
- The newest QuillScape podcast episode (by MiTale Games) “Where Traditional Craft Meets Game Art Production” with incredibly talented Chris Solarski!
- On last week in Lappeenranta, Finland, installing the RehabooGame #GeriActive into the new Toivokoti care home – Antti & Peter doing sit-stand (”squats”) in +34 degrees
- Supercell’s secret for growing Brawl Stars to a $1 billion success
Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced Finland’s goals to advance gender equality in technology in the opening ceremony of the Generation Equality Forum. IGDA Finland and We in Games Finland support this goal and want to make the Finnish game industry the best place to work for everyone, so together, we made the following Generation Equality commitment:Finnish game industry is open for everyone. Game industry organisations IGDA Finland and We in Games Finland are committed to share the best practices and information about diversity and inclusion and to find the best ways to resolve challenges related to these. Work done for eliminating sexual harassment and supporting gender minorities in the game industry will continue. Collaboration on DEI topics is done together with different industry stakeholders.