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Snapshots of the Finnish Game Industry

Pasi Jokinen

Pasi Jokinen

Hill Climb Racing

Hill Climb Racing

Fingersoft

Fingersoft

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Alpakka Media
Alternative Games
Amistech Games
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Apex Games
App Innovations Finland
Appiukko
Appstar
Aptual
Arcticplay Studios
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Armada Interactive
Astalo Games
Astrosnout
Ataverti Tmi
Aware Games Coop
Hempuli
Bad Crane
Bad Mood Games
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Barracuda Disaster
Beiz
BelleGames
Big Ear Games
BitByByte Creations
Bitecore
BitWeird
Black Poodle Entertainment
Blackland Games
Blight Games
BonGames
Boomlagoon
Wargaming
Breach Entertainment
Break Soft
Brimstone Interactive
Bugbear Entertainment
Bugbyte Productions
Burger Games
Caffeine Overdose
Catland
Catnip Media
Chat republic Games
Cloud Fortress Games
Clusterloop
CodeCube Brothers
Codespace
Colossal Order
Combo Breaker
Convict Games
CornFox Brothers
Creeng
Creetah
Critical Force Entertainment
CSE Simulation
Ctrl Alt Ninja
Cubicle Games
Cubijoy
Cute Attack
Dark Amber SoftWorks
Dazzle Rocks
Décron Studios
Detocroix Company
Dicework Games
DieNo Games
Dized / Playmore Games
Digital Chocolate
Digital Hammer
Direlight
Dodreams
Draconus Entertainment
Dramaforum
Dreamloop Games
EA Maxis Finland
Eeku
Eemeli Kelokorpi
Emptyhill
Empires Not Vampires Entertainment
Endless Tea Studios
Epic Owl
Escapism Artworks
Everywear Games
Evocat Games
Exoskeleton
Facepalm Games
Fakefish
FanART Games
Fantastec
Faros Business Games
Fat Lemon Entertainment
Fat Tail Productions
Fingersoft
Finnowar
Firetail Games
Fitness Village
Flatfish Games
FRACTiLE Games
Fragment Production FRAK
Frogmind
Frostbullet
Frozen vision
Frozenbyte
Fun Academy
Fundox / Sneeweis
Funtek
Futurefly
Futurepier 
Futureplay
Futusoft
Gajatri Studios
GameLayer
Gamelion/Gauffin Group
Gameloft Helsinki
Games & Tales
Gamify Finland
Giant Spoon
Gigglebug Entertainment 
Glad Game Studio
Goodkind
GoodLife Technologies
Grail Group
Grain Village Studios
Grand Cru
Gray City Wolves
Greatest Heroes 
Greener Grass
Grey Area
Grimrush
Grit Studio
Grove Comp
GRX Game Studio
Haituva innovations
Halflike
Happy Hobgoblin
Happywise
Hatch Entertainment
Hatfuls
Hawina Productions
Headnought
Healthgamer
Heavyweight Rex
Helmeni
Helsinki Game Works
HELYEES
High Score
HiHappening
Hill Climb Racing
Hisome
Hologram Monster
Housemarque
Huijaus Studios
Hurry Up! Games
Hyperkani
Iceflake Studios
IfElseMedia
Ikoni Innovations
Ikoniac
Immersal
Immobile Games
Indium games
IndustrySim
Innogiant
Innolion
Instant Kingdom
Intervisio
Ironized
IronSight
Jalomieli
Jani Paakala
JesterSoft Games
JetMelon
JINKE Group
JIVION
Joensuu Games
Juho Kastemaa
Jumbon/Cartman
Jumibois
Junebit.
Jussi Simpanen
JVP-Team Ky
Kaamos Games
Kajaani Game Studios
Kajak Games
Kalabalik Studio
Kamina Dimension
KAMK Kajability
Kamu & Kamu
Katve Entertainment
KIDE Entertainment
Kiemura
Kimble Games
kimmo halonen
Kinahmi Games
Kinos Game Studio
Kloonigames
Kolibri Studios
Kollektiwe
Kopla Games
Kotka Games
Koukoi Games
Kraftix Games
Kukouri Mobile Entertainment
Kuvion
Kuuasema
Kuutti Entertainment
Kuura Playhouse
Kyy Games
Kyynele Design
Lightneer
Linnama Entertainment
Liquid Flower
Lizard Hazard Games
Logicnap
Loiste Interactive
Lokus Digital
Lucky You Studio
LudoCraft 
Lume Games
Lumonium
Lunar Byte
Lunar Collapse
Majasalmi
Mana Giant
Mantisbite
MarimoGames
Markan saha
MeanFish / Valaa
Mediaholvi
MeDungeon
Meizi Games
Mekiwi
Mental Moustache
Merge Heroes
MetaVerstas
Meteo Game House
Metka Games
MHGames
Mikrotie
Mindfield Games
Minestudios
Ministry of Games
Minus Degree Mobile
Mirake
Mistypire Studios
Mobilive entertainment
Mobiteos
Moido Games
Morrow Games
MotionVolt Games
Motorious
Mountain sheep
Mubik Entertainment
Muro Studios
Musopia/Four Chords
MyGamez Finland
Namida Games
Napko
Nekobolt
Neurogaming Finland
Next Games
Nightly Studios
NitroGames
No More Pie

Nonstop Games
Nopia
Nordic Mobile Labs
NordicEdu
NorthWind Studios
Ocean View Games 
Octane Games
Oddrok
OOKOO interactive
Ookoohko
Olento Life
Osumia Games Osuuskunta Hastur
Otus Games
Outloud
Owl Valley Team
Oyos Games
Panic Art Studios
Parta Games
PartTimeMonkey
Pasi Hanninen
Pauhu Games
Pauli Potta Games
Pelio
Peliosuuskunta Expa
Pelite Productions
Perilune
Pikkukala 
Pintxo Creative
Pip Games
Pixolane
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Planetboard
Platonic Partnership
Playraven
Playsign
Playgain
Please Be Patient
PLGND Finland
Polar Bunny
PolarSpin
PolygonToys
Poppaa Entertainment
Prank Entertainment
Prodigium Game Studios
Psyon Games
Pulma Games
Puimuri Games
Punch Wolf
Quadro Delta 
Quantum Shake
Radical Llama
Ragemode Entertainment
Rammin'Speed Entertainment
Randomfuture
Random Potion
Rat Crew Studios
remote control
Recoil Games
Red Nettle Studio
Redlynx
Red Shirt Games
Red Stage Entertainment
Reforged Studios
Relationship Games
Remedy Entertainment
Resistance Games
Rigged Mind
Rieha Creative
Rimeforge Entertainment
Rival Games
Rivergames
Robber Docks
Robote Games
Rocket Pack
Rockodile Games
Round Zero
Routa Games
Rovio Entertainment 
Rumilus Design
Run Thunder Software
Rusto games
Rx3 Studio
Sadetta
Sandy Entertainment
Sandy Island Games
Sapeli Studio
Sawomo
Second Lion
Second Order
Secret Exit
Seepia Games
Sekunda
Seriously Digital Entertainment 
Shark Punch
Sharkfishstudio
Sharpened Edge Studios
Shipyard Games
Shiver Games
SIEIDI
Silvermile
Silverquill
SimuGames Consulting
SingOn /Grey Brain
Shotgun Gaming
Skånerbotten
Skillpixels
Skydome Entertainment
Skyrock Games
SlowMo
Small Giant Games

SnowFall
Snowhound
Snowmillcode
Soihtu Games
Songhi Entertainment
Spawn Point
Spinfy
Spyric Entertainment
Star Arcade
Starflower Games
Steady Mushroom
Still Running
Stolen Shoes Entertainment
Stormcharge
Strobotnik
Stupid Stupid Games
Subsolar Entertainment
Sulake Corporation
Sun In Eye Productions
Suomi-Peli
Super God
Supercell
Superplus Games
Swan Man Games
Syntax Eror Poroductions
Taifuuni Design
Takomo Games
Taphold
TatLabs
Teacher Gaming LLC
Team Action Zone
Team OCMO
Team RUN!
Teatime Research
Tedious & Devious
Terafox
TeeKooGAmes
Theory Interactive
TicBits
Tietomato
Tigerhat Games 
Timbermint Games
Tiny Acorn Productions
TJR Games / Team Jolly Roger
Traplight
Tree Men Games
Treehouse
Tribe studios / Palringo
Tribeflame
Triplebit Studios 
Triplesec
Tripworks
TritonWare
Trix Games
ttursas
Tuiske Productions
Tuliotus
Tundra Games
Tunnel Ground
Tuotanthtiö Tuokio
Turmoil Games
Twine Games
Two Men and a Dog
Two Tales Games
tyrske
Ulappa apps
Umber Games
underRadar Games
Uplause
Urea Interactive Tmi
Vaki Games
Valo Motion
Vast Reality
Viima Games
Viistopro
Ville Helin
Vinja Games
Virtual Air Guitar Company
Virtual Frontiers
Visual Mind
Visiogames
Vulpine Games
Walk Mode
Wave 7 Games
WayBefore
WAYS TECH
We are Bind
We Eat Crayons
Weaselbat Games
Wintersky Entertainment
Wondercape Games
WordDive
Wronghut
WYWIWYG
YATATOY
YEEA Work
YeaBoing
Youth Control Games
Yousician
Zaibatsu Interactive
Zaubug
Zemeho
Zorg Entertainment

2017

I was presenting our soft launch data to one of the biggest VCs in the industry. He told me: "You don't have a chance. You don't know anything about role playing games. You've never made a role playing game."

Timo Soininen, founder of Small Giant Games. Small Giant was sold to Zynga less than 2 years later for $560M.

2012

I saw this simple free-to-play BMX game by Ben Hazard that had netted $3M. I knew I could do better. I understood free-to-play. I understood making games. So I made Hill Climb Racing as a quick test.

Toni Fingerroos, founder of Fingersoft. Hill Climb Racing has been downloaded more than 1 billion times.

2010

Nobody wanted to touch us. We had to beg people to come see what we had built. Finally we got one small publisher to take a look. They loved it. The word spread like wildfire overnight and the next morning there was a line at the door.

Samuli Syvähuoko, founder of Recoil Games, on getting a publishing deal after a failed project.

2004

For years I worked and worked to get a deal done in LA. After 4 years of the grind, on the day I'm closing my first deal – with Disney to create the Virtual Magic Kingdom – I get this most horrific toothache. So instead of a celebration, I get a root canal.

Teemu Huuhtanen, future founder of Next Games, on getting a deal done in Hollywood.

2002

We had a clear vision of the mobile gaming explosion. None of us would have guessed it would take until 2008 to come true.

Markus Pasula, future founder of Grand Cru, about his time at Riot Entertainment.

1995

In May Finland won the Ice Hockey World Championships. In June we got funded. In August I was looking at my first paycheck, amazed that one can actually make money doing this.

Ilari Kuittinen, CEO of Housemarque, on getting their first publishing deal.

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Pasi Jokinen

Pasi Jokinen

Author is an advisor at Fingersoft, the makers of Hill Climb Racing. He is @pasiaj on Twitter.

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