Last IGDA gathering held on 6th May had extra board gaming flavor thanks to Tactic. Kati Heljakka and Petter Ilander from Tactic's Product Development unit were visiting us. That time 85 game enthusiasts joined the party chatting about game development and board games in particular. For those who do not know, Tactic (Nelostuote Oy) got started in 1967 when they launched Kimble in Finland. Their current goal is to be the market leader in board games in Europe and they are evidently doing very well. Tactic is trying to expand board games into digital and mobile. Currently they have some board games with DVD additions available but they are also looking for new opportunities on mobile.
Kati and Petter gave a short presentation of Tactic and their future plans. Tactic is currently developing mobile version of word explaining game Alias. They are also very interested of transforming their other games into mobile and are currently looking for partners(!). If your company is interested in finding out more about their plans, please get in touch with Kati and Petter (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
Besides board gaming, the chat rolled around similarities and differences between board game and digital game development, GTA IV and the report Neogames put out in April. Neogames highlighted that Finnish game industry is lacking of around 200 techsavvy people. Recruitment definitely is a shared challenge for many!
With some drinks and a lot of talk, it was another fun night at System Rock! Next time (10th of June) will be the last gathering before the summer break. We hope to hear the latest news from Nordic Game Conference as well as see you all there!