Throughout the beginning of the 21st century, games industry has been the fastest growing branch in entertainment business, with estimated worldwide sales reaching 65 billion dollars in 2012. Games are bigger than recorded music (some $30 bn) and are rapidly catching up with movies (around $84 bn) by a few billion dollars per year.
In the new millennium, Finnish games industry has grown to be a significant part of our culture exports. The global nature of games business and small size of the domestic market mean that the games industry is now a key component in Finland´s exports and economy, with more than 90% of the production exported.
It is worth noticing that the games business is even bigger than its core industries of game development and services, when additional business activities and investments are taken into consideration.
The core industries (game development and services) of Finnish games business reached a turnover of €1800 million in 2014. Some key statistics are presented below, more detailed information is available from Neogames. Due to changes in national accounting guidelines the turnover data from years 2013 and 2014 is not fully comparable.
TURNOVER OF THE FINNISH GAME INDUSTRY CORE
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN THE FINNISH GAME INDUSTRY