The long Game Camps journey, that started way back in 2016 was finished end of January 2020. The four Game Camps held in Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Sweden provided a platform for game enthusiasts to network and learn from other game developers in the Central Baltic Region. The main goal of the project was to carry out 4 Game Camps and help establish at least 10 cross-border game companies over the years, working with no less than 240 aspiring game developers from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden.
The final event provided top teams the opportunity to participate Game Developers Conference 2019 in San Francisco and standalone pitching events in Silicon Valley in front of investors and publishers.
“What a journey this has been!” said Game Camps lead partner Teemu Saarelainen. “Game Camps activities have been carried out almost as we envisioned during preparation of the project and we are really happy with the final results! The feedback from participants has been extremely positive and we hope this kind of collaboration will continue also in the future,” he noted.
“We have supported a wide range of game developer teams throughout the Game Camps events and acceleration program. As with all acceleration/incubator programs, some of the teams have discontinued the activities. However, we also have some excellent results with teams publishing their first games and receiving excellent feedback from gamer community,” concluded Ints Viksna from Latvian Technological Center.
Game Camps was an initiative carried out from 2017-2020 to strengthen cross-border ties between the Baltic Sea countries’ game industries. It has been a great opportunity to meet new people within the industry, show off skills and learn about what it takes to create a game from start to finish. Game Camps has been co-financed by the EU INTERREG Central Baltic program.
Video overview of Game Camp in Finland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4Ak4xJBCjk
Video overview of Game Camp in Latvia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIa6UNKK_cI
Video overview of Game Camp in Sweden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xX5sLEJN30