The number of people employed in Finland’s €2 billion-plus games industry grew 16 per cent from 2016 to 3,200 in 2018.
Industry association Neogames has released a new report delving into the state of the country’s games sector and offers up a number of key stats.
Of the 3,200 employed in the industry, as many as 27 per cent of people come from abroad. The number of foreign workers in the sector has increased by 75 per cent since the last report.
The number of women employed has grown from 406 in 2016 to 569 in 2018, making up nearly 18 per cent of the workforce.
It’s estimated that games companies will create a further 500 jobs over the next 12 to 18 months.
That’s despite the number of studios decreasing from 250 in 2016 to 220 in 2018. A rise in jobs but decline in studios is likely because of the growing number of mid-sized and successful games companies in the region, not least including Supercell, Rovio, Remedy Entertainment and Small Giant Games.
There were 48 new studios established in 2017 to 2018, up from the 45 formed between 2015 to 2016.