International Factfile 2016: Norway

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Norway is the 28th biggest video games market worldwide, according to data firm Newzoo. In 2015, the Norwegian industry generated estimated revenues of $274m (193m).

With an internet penetration rate of 95 per cent in the country, Norwegian players are increasingly buying games online.

According to Statista, digital games revenues should reach $129.1m (91.1m) in 2016 and will continue to grow with an annual rate of 8.48 per cent, reaching $178.8m (126.2m) in 2020.

Mobiles games account for a large part of the market volume, with projected revenues of $67.8m (47.8m) for 2016. One of the most famous Norwegian mobile titles is Fun Run, a franchise developed by Dirtybit that has been downloaded more than 70 million times.

The games industry in the country is heavily supported by the Norwegian Film Institute, which distributes funding every year. Last November, eight projects received NOK6.7m (0.5m).

The Norwegian Film Institute and the Norwegian Culture Ministry also launched Games to the World last year. This $1m (0.7m) project aims at helping video games creators with international ambitions.

Within the Nordic countries, Norway represented 24 per cent of the sales in volume in 2014, says the Association for the Nordic Game Industry (ANGI). Sales per genre in Norway reveals that action titles are what players prefer. This genre has a 25.88 per cent of the market share.

Population: 5,092,000

Capital City: Oslo

Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK)

GDP (Per Capita): $103,585.8

KEY RETAILERS

Coop, Platekompaniet, GAME, GameStop, Toys R Us, Elkjp, Expert, Komplett, Lefdal

TOP DISTRIBUTORS

Nordic Games, Creative Distribution, Nordic Game Supply, Bergsala, Game Outlet, Koch Media, Nordisk Film,Pan Vision

TOP DEVELOPERS

Krillbite Studio, Rain Games, Funcom, Red Thread Games, Dirtybit, D-Pad Studio, Turbo Tape Games, Ravn Studio, Antagonist, Sarepta Studio, SnowCastle, WeWantToKnow, The Arctic, Hyper Games, DOS Studios

PUBLISHERS IN THE REGION

Ubisoft, EA, Nordic Games, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Funcom, Snow Cannon Games, SnowCastle

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