213 Studios Move The Swedish Games Industry to New Heights

Growth in the Swedish games industry continues with a total profit on the bottom line for the sixth consecutive year as 3117 employees generated nearly €1 billion in 2014. 

The Swedish games industry is doing better than ever before, according to a new report by Swedish dataspelsbranschen, which reveals how the industry did in 2014.

Among the many numbers the new report reveals, is the fact that the Swedish games industry has increased its numbers of employees with an amazing 23 percent in the last year, adding 583 new full-time positions.

Notably, 100 of these new full-time positions came from new companies.

Although the amount of employees increased in 2014, the turnover increased even more, and the turnover per employee thus reached an all-time high of €300 000, marking a 10% increase from the previous year.


The amount of companies in the Swedish games industry also rose significantly last year, as 43 new studios launched, marking a 25 percent increase and a new grand total of 213 games companies in Sweden.

Zooming in on the games studios in Sweden reveals that in terms of turnover, King is still the largest player, whereas Dice, with its 560 employees, is the largest studio in terms of employee count.

As always, it is these turnover-heavy studios that help raise the average turnover per company, as 50% of all companies in the Swedish games industry actually generated less than €106 000 in turnover in 2014.


Swedish Games Industry 2014 numbers


Diversity has been a hot topic in Sweden for the past few years, and it finally seems the hard work of initiatives such as Diversi, is paying off.

In 2014, the amount of women in the Swedish games industry increased by 39%, whereas the amount of men increased only 17%.

This means that there are now 563 women employed in full-time positions in the Swedish games industry, which is in stark contrast to the only 121 women in the industry in 2010.


Looking into the future, the biggest challenges are still access to capital, access to skills, and limitations in terms of laws on digital markets, which are quickly getting outdated in Sweden, the report says.

But at the same time, there doesn’t seem to be anything stopping the Swedish games industry from experiencing yet another year of amazing growth in 2015, and the report even predicts that the market will continue growing 30-40% year on year.


Sune is not only a gamer and writer who wishes his keyboard-typing-speed would translate directly into Nintendo 64 controller agility, but also the co-founder and CEO of NordicGameBits.

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