Why is Sweden home to Europe’s best developers?

MMGN writes: Battlefield 4, Minecraft, Payday 2, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Hotline Miami and EA’s upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront and Need for Speed: Rivals. These games all have something in common: they’re massively popular game titles and they have all been or are being developed by Swedish studios. As it stands, the Swedish gaming industry is thriving: it is ranked as one of the top computer game exporters of the world, reaching a growth of 215 per cent between 2010 and 2012 and in 2012 the Swedish Gaming Industry had a huge turnover of SEK 3,700 million (Approx. 557 million AUD). After ABBA and IKEA, it seems like computer games has become Sweden’s next big cultural export. The video game industry has become a remarkable phenomenon for a country with only 9 million inhabitants. The question is why? What factors could possibly explain why Sweden is the place to be for video game developers and gamers alike.

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Bigpappy1508d ago

Poland has "The Witcher" so best is subjective.

Anonagrog1507d ago

We're talking strength of the industry and supporting infrastructure here, not just a simple case of which game or franchise is "best". This is about the greater whole, not just one developer. As for Sweden, it's been considered Europe's big development hub for a few years now, followed by the U.K. and Germany.

Anonagrog1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )

The growth of the Swedish industry has been impressive over the years. I've been considering making the jump myself, even if it's just change for the sake of change. In any case I hope the slumps we've seen in some of the other European countries' industries start turning around.