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Interreg Baltic Sea Region.      European Regional Development Fund - European Union.      BGZ Berliner Gesellschaft für internat. Zusammenarbeit mbH.

Empowering a Booster for Regional Development

 Our project "Baltic Game Industry" (BGI) aims towards boosting the game industry in the Baltic Sea region (BSR), granting worldwide competitiveness and increasing the overall capacity for innovation. The map of European games industry reveals some clear hotspots of high game development activities in BSR. There is a major opportunity for regional businesses, innovation intermediaries and public authorities to learn from each other’s experiences, successful approaches and examples by getting connected, reaching a critical mass of competitive game business and, in the long run, establish an excellent reputation of what henceforth will be known as the the ‘Baltic Sea Game Axis’. 

BGZ Berliner Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit mbH from Germany is the lead partner of the project.

The Main Result

The main project result is a step forward to sustainable economic growth in the game industry, making the BSR a competitive game hotspot, with mutual understanding between innovation intermediaries and game companies, adequately skilled workforce, empowered innovation actors and supportive framework conditions for game start-up & SMEs.

Specific results comprise:

  1. Improved framework conditions for the game industry in the BSR
    • Strengthened expertise at the public authorities (as well as at the agencies that manage funding programmes, chambers and other business support structures etc.)
    • Adapted business development strategies in the region, improved promotion programmes that better fit for the needs of a game start-up, widened information sources for them
    • Improvements in regulations to better meet needs of game start-ups
  2. Increased institutional capacities of support structures - business development and incubation
    • Increased institutional capacities of support structures - incubation, business development
    • Strengthened structures, organisation and know-how of incubators & coaching services
    • Fostered cooperation among incubators (in a country and across BSR) for use  of synergies
  3. Increased business opportunities for and business power of the game industry
    • Strengthened capacities of game SMEs and game start-ups
    • Widened business opportunities for the game industry

Baltic Game Industry – Empowering a Booster for Regional Development 

Capacity Building & Innovation Dialogues - Part 5 Helsinki Finland (pdf)

More information:

Anitta Pankkonen
tel. +358 50 581 5770
anitta.pankkonen [at]

Juha Huhtakallio
juha.huhtakallio [at]

Christine Sauter
tel. +49 30 809 94 114
bgi [at]