Finnish gaming industry is selling well. Not just games and related products, but also game companies. Finnish game companies Rovio and Supercell have been selling games very well for few years. The Fastest-Growing Game Company Ever, Supercell, was sold last year to GungHo And Softbank for $1.5 Billion. Rovio had just two years ago turned down a $2.2 billion buyout offer from Zynga.
Finnish gaming company Next Games has just amassed six million dollars in funding from venture capitalists. The company’s founders have worked in the past in Finnish Rovio and Super Cell-game companies, as well as Disney.
Yesterday I received news that another Finnish gaming related company was sold abroad: Applifier is joining the Unity team! Helsinki-based Applifier is acquired by Unity.The company pivoted from game development to pioneering game cross-promotion on Facebook and within games. In addition to that Applifier runs Everyplay game-play video sharing service. The company is led by persons I happen to know: Jussi Laakkosen ja Pekka Aakko are the main organizers of Assembly computer festival (has been very influential event for Finnish game industry), and I have worked on that event years back. The company was sold to Unity, a company that makes Unity game development ecosystem. The future plan is to integrate Everyplay and GameAds into Unity, which was already partially done. TechCrunch writes that Unity Acquires Applifier To Bring Shareable Instant Replays To More Games. There was no mentioning on the acquisition prices, but the company leaders looked pretty happy on pictures and their comments.