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International Factfile 2016: Sweden

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Sweden is responsible for many triple-A titles both on mobile and traditional platforms.

For instance, Minecraft, The Division, Star Wars Battlefront and Candy Crush Saga have all been developed by Swedish studios.

Swedish games have often been described as booming and for good reason,” stated Per Strmbck, the spokesperson for the Swedish Games Industry association, in the Game Developer Index 2015 (a study on Swedish games developers).

Between 2012 and 2014 the development industry's turnover increased 800 per cent. But with an annual turnover approaching €1bn (0.77bn), video games are no longer an unusual phenomenon creating surprising headlines, but part of the national economy.”

This report also points out that video games have become ‘Sweden's biggest cultural export – ever.' Export represents 99 per cent of the sales and one in ten people on the planet has played a Swedish video game.

In 2015, the Swedish games industry had revenues of nearly $346m (243m), which represented a slight increase of 1.4 per cent year-on-year according to data firm Newzoo. Sweden is now the 23rd biggest country worldwide in terms of game revenues.

There are 4.5 million gamers in the country, 52 per cent of them spend an average of $149.80 on games annually.

Population: 9,631,000

Capital City: Stockholm

Currency: Swedish Krona

GDP (Per Capita): $60,565.6

KEY RETAILERS

Webhallen, Elgiganten, Discshop, GameStop, Amazon, Retrospelbutiken, Spelbutiken, GameShop

TOP DISTRIBUTORS

Bergsala, Koch Media, Nordisk Film Interactive, Namco Bandai Partners, Pan Vision, Game Outlet, Wendros, Nordic Game Supply, Exertis Ztorm (digital)

TOP DEVELOPERS

Arrowhead Game Studios, Paradox Interactive, Mojang, Raw Fury Games, DICE, Avalanche Studios, Stardoll, Coffee Stain Studios, Frictional Games, Illuminate Labs, Illwinter Game Design, Legendo, King, Machine Games, Massive Entertainment, Simogo, Starbreeze, Tarsier Studios, Coldwood Interactive, Fabrication Games, Image & Form, Fatshark, Zoink, Rovio Stockholm

NOTABLE GAMES FIRMS WITH A LOCAL OFFICE

Activision Blizzard, Disney, EA, Koch Media, Microsoft, Bandai Namco, Warner Bros, Nintendo, Ubisoft

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