The Evolution Of Helsinki’s Gaming Ecosystem

Interesting article in my inbox last week Helsinki and gaming.

Some takes from my friend Joakim about what Helsinki’s game environment is lacking and what needs to be done;  “Ultimately, getting the right mix of creative and data talent will evolve Helsinki to the next stage.”

For me Helsinki is a mekka for mobile gaming, but recent years we have seen other territories/cities come up to. It is the name and fame from game developers like SuperCell, Rovio, Next Games and others that keep the vibe alive.

Helsinki and Gaming - The Evolution Of Helsinki's Gaming Ecosystem - Finland
Helsinki and Gaming – The Evolution Of Helsinki’s Gaming Ecosystem – Finland

But as Joakim says; “When it comes to founding new gaming companies, we need more data people and UA people as co-founders, to create a more diverse approach to game development. That is yet to happen.” So if you are are data driven and love User Acquisition, then check out the Helsinki gaming scene. You might find a job!

Helsinki And Mobile Gaming

Helsinki is already the Silicon Valley of mobile gaming. We have Supercell, Rovio, Seriously, Small Giant Games, and Next Games. More are coming as dozens of new gaming startups are created every year. But Joakim believes that the potential next stages of the ecosystem’s evolution are being held back. We have so much talent and capital available. So what could be holding the ecosystem back? Read about it on Elite Game Developers Blog.

Esports And Burn-out

Cris Reed talks about getting a burn out as a pro-gamer. He shared an interesting post on Linkedin. A quote of Jian “Uzi” Zihao, a famous League of Legends player in China;

“As a result of staying up late for years, a fatty diet and being under insurmountable stress, last year I found out that I was type-2 diabetic… My mental state is not as good as it was before.”

Latin Game Event called BIG, Brazil’s Independent Games Festival

Every year BIG Festival hosts the largest business videogames conference in Latin America, bringing together the most important local and international players from the industry.  In 2019, there were more than 100 free lectures (free) and more than 4,000 meetings attended by 630 professionals (125 international companies), generating more than US$ 63 million in predicted returns for the companies that attended the event.

Futuresource Consulting Webinar Invitation

Consumer spend on video gaming continues to flourish, with annual spend set to close in on $150bn this year, taking more of consumers’ free time and more importantly dollars – a trend magnified by this year’s Covid outbreak. This webinar is set to highlight, interpret and identify the opportunities that the gaming eco-system can offer to the wider entertainment sector, from promotion of non-gaming content, identification of new revenue streams through to new alternative delivery platforms. The date of this webinar is Wednesday 17th June at 4pm BST (30 Minutes 10 mins Q and A).

PlayStation5 is Coming!

Good days for gaming fans are about to come as Playstation 5 is arriving this year. The device is coming with many sizzling updates and features that would amaze you. Wanna know about it? Let’s have a look.


Reinout is a games investor and strategic business consultant specializing in the games industry. Reinout established his credentials through his own successful investments, start-ups, consulting and (advisory) board positions that led through time to strong bonds with key stakeholders in this fast paced industry. He is known for his outstanding results in the gaming industry. He has worked with many game studios around the globe and is therefore well known in the international gaming industry.

With over 20+ years of experience, well known publishers, AAA+ game developers, serial gaming entrepreneurs and management teams of gaming corporations consult him on matters that behold financial, technical, operational, strategic and commercial.

Helsinki and Gaming - The Evolution Of Helsinki's Gaming Ecosystem - Finland
Helsinki and Gaming – The Evolution Of Helsinki’s Gaming Ecosystem – Finland

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In a career spanning across 20+ years, Reinout te Brake has raised over 100+ Million Euros in Fundraising for a diversity of companies and has worked with several venture capitals firms. Helping gaming companies expand their brand reach, get the right story telling and make an impact on a global scale. Reinout te Brake has had the honor to counsel some of the major gaming companies operating on a global scale. For the last 12 years, he has devoted his major focus towards the niche of gaming consultancy to provide his insight and expertise to help gaming companies reach outstanding financial and business results.

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