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develop 100 ANALYSIS


EURO STARS


Develop deputy editor Craig Chapple analyses the European scene and what the region’s most exciting start-ups have in store for the next decade of gaming


In the latest Develop 100, we have ventured outside of UK ranking criteria to highlight the most promising games start-ups in Europe. To put together this definitive


list, we asked studios, service providers and tools and technology companies formed since 2011 across the continent – including the UK – to fill in our survey and tell us what makes them special. We also collated information


from a number of Europe’s games trade bodies and representative groups to help ensure no one slipped through the gaps. No list is infallible of course,


but we’re confident the Develop 100 offers a range of Europe’s most promising and innovative start-ups – many of whom you may not have heard of before. A look through the list reveals the UK leads the way in terms of number of strong start-ups, including the likes of The Chinese Room, Peter Molyneux’s 22Cans, Boss Alien, Born Ready Games and Fallen Tree Games. We have also included the


From top to bottom: Badland, Godus, Noble Nutlings, Forced


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new Leamington Spa-based studio from Blitz founders Andrew and Peter Oliver and former studio COO Richard


Smithies, Radiant Worlds. One of the biggest new firms in our list, the studio houses 50 staff. But 64 of the companies are based outside of the UK’s shores, showing the wealth of new talent emerging from Europe, as well as the old guard adapting to new trends.


NORDIC PROMISE The Nordic region houses a significant portion of the continent’s newest games firms: 25 to be exact. Of these, Finland has proven to be one of the biggest hotbeds for creativity in the games business, with 13 companies making our list. Riding high on the success of the likes of Angry Birds developer Rovio, Remedy Entertainment, Horsemarque and Sulake, the country’s start-ups include Supernauts developer Grand Cru, which has raised more than £10m from investment since its formation in 2011, as well as other exciting new games companies such as Seriously, Boomlagoon, Frogmind and Theory Interactive. One of our studios listed here


could well end up being the country’s next Supercell making the next Clash of Clans.


EUROPEAN START-UPS


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