Poland has some real game development talent, but the country needs to do more to train junior talent as well as keeping them in the country.
That's according to a panel about the state of triple-A in the region, during which Denis Larkin (right), the chief commercial officer at Keywords-owned Sperasoft, said that the big companies in Poland should be collaborating to educate and train younger game developers.
"I truly believe that each studio should come up with an internship programme and do them on a persistent basis, even if it is two people in Wroclaw. It's important to start doing it," he said.
"We also have an isolated approach, where each studio works on its own and aren't collaborating towards contributing to the talent here, growing it and building the future. There are a few things we could potentially do a bootcamp, with each studio contributing its own strengths. One might be great at VFX, another might be an expert in Unreal Engine development. There's competition between the studios, but this is about developing the industry over the next five to ten years. Also, if other world-class studio come here and open offices, it's great for the region."
Meanwhile, Pixel Crow co-founder Maciej Miąsik (above far right) said that it might be worth talking to Poland's government to see about making the country attractive to big companies, but also into investing in the industry in general. One of the issues he sees is developers leaving Poland once they've been involved in one successful game as they have become a valuable asset.
"People are realising that the money is being given away all over the place, so it's wise to get our share," he said.
"We understand that if we try to control the industry or advise the government to spend their money in a wiser way, we can get some pretty good results for everyone involved. We also have a problem with losing talent. We are bleeding talent. We are very capable in triple-A development, but every time they release a new title, a lot of people will leave and go to the West. They are becoming very valuable assets for other companies. I don't see an easy way to prevent that."