The founders of The Consortium of Independent Game developers in Gothenburg hopes to strengthen the indie scene in the city.
A new co-working space for independent game developers is opening in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. The Consortium of Independent Game developers in Gothenburg, or CIGG as it is also known, is an attempt to give developers a place to meet and work, says Mårten Jonsson, founder and organizer at CIGG:
“CIGG is an effort to facilitate collaboration between developers in Gothenburg. Basically, the point is to strengthen the indie dev scene by having something to gather around,” he says.
The need for a shared working space for indie developers in Gothenburg is definitely there, says Mårten Jonsson – as well as a need for the benefits it has for the developers.
“There are quite a few developers in Gothenburg, but everyone is kinda spread out, with a lot of people working from home. By teaming up it makes it easier to find good, affordable working space for everyone. Also, having several developers working from the same space is obviously beneficial in terms of begin able to share knowledge, equipment, ideas, and to help playtest each other’s projects,” he explains.
While Gothenburg is already home to another indie workspace, IndieCBG, CIGG is aiming to make a more professional environment. An environment for people making games for commercial purposes.
And while Mårten Jonsson has a lot of dreams for CIGG, he prefers to keep things realistic for now.
“In the long run, having CIGG as a registered publisher, and being an incubator for new developers would of course be great. But again, it kind of depends on what the members want, and how much they want to get involved. That’s one of the main points of CIGG as well, I wanna make it easy for anyone to be a member, and every member should be able to choose how much they get involved,” he says.
If you’re interested in reading more about CIGG, you can do so on their website.