Games as a Business 2021

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Dig for gold on a far-away planet as a beer-drinking dwarf with your friends. Surf the subway or jetpack above it. Puzzle your way through an industrial, dystopian fantasy. Or kill as a sneaky, bald hitman. Games are home to endless worlds with endless hours of entertainment.

At the same time, it’s big business.

In this first edition of “Games as a Business”, we invite you to take a dive into the Danish gaming industry. Here, you will meet industry veterans and -experts discussing the opportunities and challenges right now. The entrepreneur, businessmen and investors trying to boost the growth. And of course the wealth of amazingly awesome Danish studios we all love.

Enjoy!

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A team of brooding, fearless, and beer-drinking dwarves with bushy beards are working for the cynical mining corporation Deep Rock Galactic. A job that consists of visiting planets to find gold and exotic resources like alien eggs, bismor, and magnite. Of course, to emerge from the...
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This article is sponsored by The Danish Chamber of Commerce - one of the partners who made "Games as a Business 2021" possible. The gaming industry is larger today than both the film and music industries globally, and with a further 20 per cent increase during the...
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The limbs attached to a young woman in a red raincoat are neatly and painstakingly moved with a steady hand. Arms. Feet. Even the pigtails. A picture is taken. And then the small process that makes the doll come alive through stop motion starts all over. Karla,...
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This article is sponsored by SYBO - one of the partners who made "Games as a Business 2021" possible. SYBO started out as a humble indie studio trying to make ends meet just a decade ago. They bounced ideas back and forth with the rest of the...
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For five guys studying Medialogy at Aalborg University, becoming game developers started as a boyhood dream. But through a university project in 2013, that dream took off unexpectedly. “We developed a game as a university project and put it on the internet through our website. The night...
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Not many years ago, most people would have disapproved of the words sport and video games being used in the same sentence. Video games were played by overweight guys who sat in their mom’s basement gaming and eating chips. Playing video games could not in any...
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This article is sponsored by Digital Devotion Games - one of the partners who made "Games as a Business 2021" possible. Today, the most popular online games all have an element of competition and,when combined with the adrenaline-pumping action, players can quickly lose their temper with one...
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Creativity is blossoming in the old industrial quarter of Aarhus’ southern harbour. Filmby Aarhus, a creative business district with more than 100 movie, media and game companies, calls this area home. One part of Filmby Aarhus is dedicated to the Ideas Lab incubator, where game developers work...
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This article is sponsored by Norddjurs Municipality - one of the partners who made "Games as a Business 2021" possible. Not many people thought about education in 3D graphics and computer animation in 2004. But they did in Grenaa, a town located at the very tip of...
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The gaming industry was started by a single game in a university in the US back in 1962, when a group of young engineers created the game Spacewar. A simple game by today’s standards, which primarily consists of a bunch of white dots moving on a...
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The story of the game developer BetaDwarf is the quintessential startup fairytale. A band of game developers illegally moves into unused space at a university, where they live until they are kicked out. It takes a Kickstarter campaign and a huge loan for the developers to...
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This article is sponsored by Nordisk Games - one of the partners who made "Games as a Business 2021" possible. Nordisk Games has only existed for five years. But when the century-old entertainment company Nordisk Film decided to bet on the games industry back in 2016, they...
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The Danish gaming industry has produced a number of large and extremely profitable companies in the past decades. Yet the number of Danish investors who specialise in the industry is easily overlooked. Especially after the gaming-focused investor and innovation space Capnova closed a few years back....
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This article is sponsored by Copenhagen Capacity - one of the partners who made "Games as a Business 2021" possible. Today, Julian Gosiengfiao is working as a lead Game Designer for an upcoming (and still super-secret) game from SYBO in Copenhagen. Yet before he joined the company...