Two steps forward for the gaming industry in Boden
Mattias Bergqvist at Boden Business Park has a clear mission: to create a gaming industry in Boden. And he is a good bit on his way. Game education is growing and international companies are in the process of starting game studios here.
It was about two years since Mattias started working at Boden Business Park in Sävast, with a big mission on his shoulders. There was neither company, development culture nor history, and no people in the industry in place. Now you start to see the results of the strategies you chose to build a gaming industry.
- It's a fun challenge, but a very big challenge. One of the first thoughts was to get talented to build something in the long run. The easiest way is to get students here, and it is also the most sustainable.
In August 2017, first education began in indie game development, with Sunderby Folkhögskola as principal and Changemaker Educations as a trainer. They also run Future Games in Stockholm, which was named the world's second best game training this year. Until next autumn, they have applied for four new courses at the vocational college level here.
- We do not only have a game education but we have a world-class gaming education. What they intend to start up here will be Future Games North. Hopefully, we will get through two new courses next year.
The idea is that there should be 200 students here in two years.
- Then we have drawn talent and made ourselves interesting. One of the biggest growth threats in the Swedish gaming industry has been that there were not enough employable people. It is our great opportunity.