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Is This The Fastest-Growing Game Company Ever? - Forbes

Is This The Fastest-Growing Game Company Ever? - Forbes | Finland | Scoop.it
In less than a year Supercell has launched two of the biggest apps
in Apple's history. It's now grossing $70 million--a month.

 

Is that Mr. T? The Hog Rider is one of the many characters in Clash of Clans, a game by Finnish developer Supercell.

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Zack's comment, May 1, 2013 11:24 AM
wow
Zack's comment, May 1, 2013 11:24 AM
realy clash of clans
hunter hertzog's curator insight, October 31, 2014 9:44 AM

This guy is a hog rider and he is very powerful and he is a very good troop to use in an attack.

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Scandimania: Adventures in Finnish games, part one

Scandimania: Adventures in Finnish games, part one | Finland | Scoop.it

It’s unlikely there’s a national games trade more relevant to the fast-changing face of publishing on earth. This is not a industry making triple-A games, but rather seeking growth off the back of the rise of digital distribution and mobile. Whether or not digital is the way forward over brick and mortar retail isn’t a discussion in Finland. It happened: digital won.  http://www.vg247.com/2012/02/03/scandimania-adventures-in-finnish-games-part-one/

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Team Action Zone pioneers 'outdoor exergaming' (Wired UK)

Team Action Zone pioneers 'outdoor exergaming' (Wired UK) | Finland | Scoop.it

Kari Laurila is the CEO of Team Action Zone (TAZ) -- a Finland-based start-up that builds huge games with hundreds of people, using a set of cheap mobile phones with GPS chips.

"We're about making people do exercise with games," he says. The 1.5-year-old company organises outdoor team games for as many as 500 people at a time, which Laurila refers to as "exergaming". The company's line-up includes massively-multiplayer versions of capture-the-flag, treasure hunts, wargames and even Pong...

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Report: Angry Birds' effect: Why Helsinki is the hot spot for mobile start ups - Pocket Gamer.Biz

Report: Angry Birds' effect: Why Helsinki is the hot spot for mobile start ups - Pocket Gamer.Biz | Finland | Scoop.it
Angry Birds has changed many aspects of the mobile games industry, but nowhere has its impact been felt more strongly than Finland and its capital,...
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Who's Got Game? - WSJ

Who's Got Game? - WSJ | Finland | Scoop.it
India's gamers and mobile-phone companies are betting that the rest of the world's fascination with mobile-phone games and applications will catch on here, and are looking for a cricket-based game that could become all the rage like Angry Birds (a game developed by Finland-based Rovio Mobile).
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The Finnish game Raven’s Cry to be distributed internationally

The Finnish game Raven’s Cry to be distributed internationally | Finland | Scoop.it
The Kotka-based game company Octane Games has signed an international distribution contract with Topware Interactive, a U.S. developer and publisher of games, Kymen Sanomat reports.
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"Nokia Handsets Tops Star Arcade's Most Used Multiplayer Gaming Smartphone Survey" - MarketWatch

"Nokia Handsets Tops Star Arcade's Most Used Multiplayer Gaming Smartphone Survey" - MarketWatch | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI, Jun 22, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Star Arcade, www.star-arcade.com the global leader for mobile social gaming today announced the results of its most used handsets survey for multi-player gaming covering 300,000 consumers across 10 countries. The top five most used handsets amongst the survey group were all Nokia handsets.
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Turning Everything Into a Game

Turning Everything Into a Game | Finland | Scoop.it
It is an ugly word, but apparently a hot trend: “gamification”. The basic idea is to produce real results as a by-product of having fun.
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What if the world were all a game?

What if the world were all a game? | Finland | Scoop.it
According to research firm Gartner, 50% of companies that manage innovation and research will use gamification by 2015 (Great mechanical turk idea in the same vein as reCAPTCHA - using a game to digitise the Finnish National Library...)
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Medvedev thanks Angry Birds creator

Medvedev thanks Angry Birds creator | Finland | Scoop.it
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev thanked the Angry Birds maker on Friday for creating a game that is highly popular with government officials.

"Before talking politics, I would like to thank Mr. [Peter] Vesterbacka for creating an occupation for a huge number of officials who now know what to do in their free and not-so-free time. I saw them [playing the game] myself many times."
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Spectrum Sprint Gameplay on WP7

Turku, Finland — June 15th, 2011 — Finnish independent game developer Ludibrium Ltd announced today the launch of their second Windows Phone 7 game Spectrum Sprint. The game is available world wide for free on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.
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Angry Birds Magic Will Combine NFC And GPS

Angry Birds Magic Will Combine NFC And GPS | Finland | Scoop.it
Angry Birds Magic, which was further announced last night in New York at the RWW2Way Summit, will be using both NFC and GPS to enable new features and possibilities for gamers. Mighty Eagle Peter Vesterbacka and Ramine Darabiha, the product manager for Angry Birds Magic have stated in GigaOM, that the new platform will enable both new revenue streams for Rovio, but also new ways for gamers to enjoy the game.
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Finnish game industry expects to soar - Good News from Finland

Finnish game industry expects to soar - Good News from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
The association representing the game industry estimates that the 100 million euros of business that the Finnish game industry generates annually could grow by 25 per cent a year over the next few years, according to a report by Yle, Finland's national public service broadcasting company. .

If this growth forecast materialises, the Finnish game industry could be generating half a billion euros a year by 2020.
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Finland's Newest Hit Maker: Supercell

Finland's Newest Hit Maker: Supercell | Finland | Scoop.it
One of the newest hit-makers in the mobile-game industry once again hails from Finland, but Supercell is making money with cows and dragons instead of Angry Birds.

 

Supercell Oy says it is profitable and grossing more than $500,000 a day in revenue from its two games, the medieval-strategy title "Clash of Clans" and the farming app "Hay Day."

Amid the success, the two-year-old startup in November moved its 80 employees into a massive office complex abandoned by struggling phone maker Nokia Corp. a sign of the times in Helsinki. The city's buzzing startup scene has hatched numerous big-game developers in recent years, including "Angry Birds" maker Rovio Entertainment Ltd.

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Bradey's comment, May 8, 2013 10:23 AM
I am working on that too and it's absolutely ridiculous!
Gord Holden's curator insight, January 8, 2014 2:38 PM

$500,000 per DAY in revenue! Think these game-building skills might be more worthwhile than teaching geometry, or a second language that could never be used? Just saying.... 

Eetu Puro's curator insight, April 21, 2015 2:21 AM

Supercell jyräsi heti pelillään Clash of Clans listä kärkeen. Artikkelissa kerrotaan Supercellistä ja haastatellaan sen työntekijöitä. Supercell teki kaksi peliä, joista molemmista tuli kovia hittejä (Clash of Clans ja Hay Day). He eivät kuitenkaan menestyneet näiden kahden pelin ansiosta vaan oikeastaan neljän pilalle menneen pelin ansiosta, jotka opettivat ja johtivat tähän lopputulokseen. Supercellilla ollaan tiukkoja, jos idealla on vähänkin huonot tulevaisuuden näkymät, se lakkautetaan siihen paikkaan. Supercell antaa myös varmuutta muille pienemmille Suomalaisille peliyhtiöille. 

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Finland focus: Building the next generation of mobile gaming rockstar entrepreneurs, feature, Mobile Games Clusters, PocketGamer.biz

Finland focus: Building the next generation of mobile gaming rockstar entrepreneurs, feature, Mobile Games Clusters, PocketGamer.biz | Finland | Scoop.it
Mobile phone games industry, mobile games, iPhone, smartphone, blackberry, b2b, trade, industry, business, news, opinion, experts, features, interviews, release date calendar, events listing, company profiles, company directory, Nokia, N-Gage, Samsung,...
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A real passion for play

A real passion for play | Finland | Scoop.it
The computer game industry Finland is growing fast. The sector is in need of
new game developers, and a new programme in Helsinki is grooming a new
generation of game-makers.
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Region Specific: Finland's gaming scene - Edge Magazine

Region Specific: Finland's gaming scene - Edge Magazine | Finland | Scoop.it
“It’s important that we get the word out to professionals in the industry that we have a viable ecosystem here; if you come to work for a company you will have other opportunities as well,” explains Remedy Entertainment CEO Matias Myllrinne when we suggest that companies here are missing a trick when it comes to putting Finland on the map.
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The Finns have a remedy for at-risk readers: more computer games | Prevention Action

The Finns have a remedy for at-risk readers: more computer games | Prevention Action | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish researchers have developed a computer game that may be better than human intervention at helping at-risk readers catch up with their peers.

A computer game may be better than humans at helping young at-risk readers catch up with their peers.

Seven-year-old Finnish children at risk of reading disability reached the level of their peers – and by some measures, passed the mainstream children – with the help of an educational computer game that trained them on phonetics. Notably, when the same reading intervention was carried out without the computer-assisted training, it failed to produce similar positive effects.
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Finnish games industry set to become the largest in the Nordic region - Good News from Finland

Finnish games industry set to become the largest in the Nordic region - Good News from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Turnover of the Finnish games industry has continued its steady growth despite the ongoing economic downturn. In 2010 the industry’s turnover topped the 100 million euro figure, according to the Finnish Games Industry 2010-2011 study published today by Neogames.
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Financing of the arts to become increasingly dependent on lottery and gaming revenue

Financing of the arts to become increasingly dependent on lottery and gaming revenue | Finland | Scoop.it
The new administration intends to cut EUR 19.5 million from the budgetary appropriations devoted to culture.
The cost-saving will be done so that in the future the funding required by the Finnish National Gallery is taken from the proceeds obtained by Veikkaus from players trying their luck at winning the weekly Lotto jackpot or forecasting the football results.
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How a computer game helps Finland's National Library

How a computer game helps Finland's National Library | Finland | Scoop.it
Digitalkoot may sound like a typical online game - but there is more to it than just building bridges and saving moles.

Every time players complete a level, they help with a real-life task - digitising huge archives of Finland's National Library.

The video footage has been given to the BBC by the game's developer, a Finnish start-up Microtask.
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Best European Learning Game 2011 - WildChords

Best European Learning Game 2011 - WildChords | Finland | Scoop.it
One of the biggest obstacles for people learning to play a music instrument is a lack of motivation to practice. Therefore, Ovelin is developing a computer game called WildChords that motivates people to practice.

Ovelin is a Finnish start-up company aiming to change the way how people learn to play the guitar. We want to bring the joy of playing a music instrument to those people that are not successful with traditional means of music teaching.
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Angry birds Flocks to China Both Online and Offline | TechNode

Angry birds Flocks to China Both Online and Offline | TechNode | Finland | Scoop.it
Angry Birds is becoming a crazy bird. Currently, Finnish company Rovio, the mobile application gaming sensation that created Angry Birds, disclosed that they are setting up a Chinese team to open its first store in China.
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