International Games Industry

Associations and Market Reports & Insights

Worldwide Associations, Industry Reports and Research

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the world’s largest nonprofit membership organization serving all individuals who create games.

They bring together developers at key industry conferences and in over 150 chapters and special interest groups (SIGs) to improve their lives and their craft. Whether you’re a student with a goal to become a game developer or a seasoned veteran; whether you’re based in the United States or any other country or region in the world; whether you’re an indie developer or in a AAA studio; whether your primary platform is a PC, console, mobile device, VR/AR, or a tabletop—everyone can become a member of the IGDA.

The latest DSS (Developer Satisfaction Survey) report is now available on the IGDA website. This report is a valuable source of information about the well-being and opinions of game developers and the industry as a whole. The findings of the 2019 DSS show improvements within the game industry, but with clear areas for improvement in the representation and support of game developers.

The IGDA also realeased several other reports such as a Diversity in Gaming, Industry Trend and Employment report.

DSS (Developer Satisfaction Survey) report

All IGDA reports

In advance of the 2020 Game Developers Conference, GDC organizers have surveyed nearly 4,000 game developers to shed light on current and future game industry trends.
The report is free to download.
2020 State of the Game Industry Report

European Associations, Industry Reports and Research

Europe - general

European Games Developer Federation (EGDF) represents European game developers in the European Union. It helps to build up policies that support the growth of the European game developer studios and foster the development of the entire digital ecosystem in Europe. EGDF unites national trade associations for game developers from ten European countries. Together with its member associations EGDF repre- sents more than 600 game developer studios. Most of them are SMEs.

Austria

IGDA Austria is the Austrian chapter of the International Game Developers Associaton.

As a non-profit organisation, they represent members within the game creation community, such as independent developers, studios and publishers throughout Austria.

Belgium

The Flemish Games Association (FLEGA) promotes and protects the interests of its members, and supports the Flemish games industry.
The Wallonian Games Association (WALGA) promotes games, game studios, people, education, events and training centers from Wallonia. WALGA delivers all materials relevant to gaming and serious gaming in Wallonia and act as a hub to make sure people are aware of things that are happening in the network. They also connect and represent its members in communication with government, non-gaming businesses, international organizations and encourages them to share info and knowledge in and outside of Wallonia. WALGA partners with local associations (FLEGA, GameIN) to promote Wallonia and the Belgian games industry outside of Belgian borders.
BelgianGames is the umbrella organization of the Belgian games industry, uniting the Flemish and Wallonian game studios.
The Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA) represents the industries of music, film and video games producers and distributors in Belgium. BEA’s mission is to represent, promote and advise Belgium’s entertainment industries and to protect its values.
FLEGA have released various  industry reports which you can find on the research section of their website. Gaming in Flanders 2014 (English)

Gaming in Vlaanderen 2016  (Dutch only)

BelgianGames presented their most recent rapport on the Belgian games industry from 2012 to 2018 at gamescom 2019. Belgian Games Industry facts & figures (English)

Czech Republic

The Czech Game Developers Association (GDA CZ) is a non-profit organisation which helps to promote growth within the Czech games industry, bringing studios and individual developers together.
Thas compiled research on the Czech games industry

In cooperation with the Institute for Digital Economy and the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA  the he Czech Game Developers Association prepared an in depth study about current situation of game development industry in Czech Republic.

CZECH VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY – PC, Console and Mobile Game Developers in Czech Republic 2019

Denmark

Interactive Denmark are a non-profit community-based organization with a mission to accelerate the Danish interactive industry Connecting the Danish game, XR, and interactive industry – and bringing it to the world.
Interactive Denmark has published several reports on the Danish games industry on their website. Find the Interactive Denmark Industry reports here.

Estonia

IGDA Estonia is the Estonian chapter of the International Game Development Association.

Finland

IDGA Finland is the Finnish chapter of the International Game Developer Association.
Neogames is a member-based non-profit game industry organization. Their mission is to accelerate, coordinate, and support the development of the Finnish game cluster. They work to connect the industry players and serve their shared interests.
Neogames occasionally publish industry overviews which you can find on their website. Games Industry Finland 2018

Games Industry Finland 2016

France

Syndicat National du Jeu Vidéo (SNJV)  is the French National Video Game Associaton.

Established in 2008, SNJV acts as a union for the French video game production industry whilst promoting the growth and development of French game development.

SNJV publishes an annual barometer of the French video games industry in both English and French.

You can find their previous research on their publications page.

Annual Survey Of The Video Game Industry 2020 Edition

Lithuania

Lithuanian Game Developers Association promote improvement, cooperation and promoting game development in lithuania.
Blaster  have published an overview of the Lituanian Games Industry. Blaster: A Taste of the Lithuanian Game Industry 2018

Malta

GamingMalta is an independent non-profit foundation set up by the Government of Malta and the Maltese Gaming Authority (MGA).
Gaming Malta have published an overview of the Games Industry in Malta for 2019. Gaming Malta 2019

The Netherlands

The Dutch Games Association was founded to help the Dutch games industry to flourish and grow.
The Dutch Game Garden (DGG) is a game incubator and business center with multiple locations in the Netherlands, housing 40+ game studios. Their mission is to create job opportunities and economic growth by supporting the Dutch games industry and promoting entrepreneurship.
The Dutch Game Garden regularly compiles an overview of the Dutch Game Industry: The 2018 Games Monitor report and fact-sheets 

Norway

Scandinavian Game Developers project is an informative site for Game Developers in Norway and  the rest of the Scandinavian Region
Scandinavian Game Developers publishes overviews about the region’s game industries which can be found through their website. An overview of the Norwegian game industry

Poland

Polish Games Association
The Polish Games Association has released some industry reports and overviews which  you can find in the Initiatives section of their website. The State of the Polish Gaming Industry 2017

Portugal

The APTVJ are the Portuguese Video Game Producers Association. They do not have a dedicated website, however you can find them on Facebook  As well as on LinkedIn
 Researchers from Universities in Lisbon, Porto and Minho have conducted a study of the Video Game Industry in Portugal. The Video Game Industry in Portugal

Romania

The Romanian Game Developers Association

is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support and

promote the Romanian video game developers market

into making them more successful and profitable

on the internal and international market.

The RGDA create overviews and infographics of the Romanian Game Development Industry. Romania’s Video Game Development Industry 2017 – Infographic

Serbia

The Serbian Games Association (SGA ) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with the goal of supporting the growth of the video games sector in Serbia and enhancing its ability to compete globally. The association coordinates its activities with representatives of the Serbian government, businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as with other entertainment industry trade associations worldwide
In this inaugural report about the state of Serbian Games Industry, the SGA has set out to capture key data about the ecosystem, showcase their members and to highlight an opportunity to become involved in one of the most dynamic and fast-growing industries in the world and in Serbia. The first annual SGA Report About the Serbian Gaming Industry can be found here.

Slovakia

The Slovak Game Developers Association (SGDA) Slovak Game Developers Association was formed to fill the gap in the  representation of game developers in Slovakia. The association advocates for their needs, promote projects on a global market, negotiate with strategic partners, accelerate the business and bring opportunities directly to game developers.
SGDA compile overviews and research into the Slovak Games Industry which you can find on their website. Slovak Games Industry 2019

Slovak Games Industry 2018

Slovak Games Industry 2020

Spain

AEVI was founded in 2014 after the re-founding of the old aDeSe and since then works to bring together all the companies involved in the value chain of the video games industry – developers, publishers, marketers, etc. – It has the firm purpose of strengthening and defending the interests of one of the technology industries with the greatest projection in the country.
The Spanish Association of Companies Producing and Developing Video Games and Entertainment Software, (DEV), represents the interests of companies and entities committed to the development of this sector and aims to advocate for its institutional recognition as a strategic, highly technological sector, engine of new business models, employment generator and international exponent of our culture.
DEV have published a whitepaper on Video Game development in Spain.

AEVI have published a whitepaper in the topic of E-Sports in Spain, this document is only available in Spanish.

Executive Summary: Whitepaper on Video Game Development in Spain

Whitepaper on E-Sports in Spain (in Spanish)

Sweden

The  Dataspelbranchen is an organization that gathers and compiles the joint responsibility and issues of the computer and video games industry and communicates these. The video game industry focuses on the industry as a whole and for its advocacy in the media.

Behind the Computer Games industry are the trade associations Spelplan-ASGD and ANGI, which represent developers and producers (Spelplan-ASGD) as well as publishers and distributors (ANGI).

Dataspelbranchen publish an index for the Swedish industry annually.

Swedish Game Developer Index 2018

Swedish Game Developer Index 2019

United Kingdom

UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE ) is the only trade body for the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry. We are a not-for-profit and represent businesses of all sizes from small start-ups to large multinational developers, publishers and service companies, working across online, mobile apps, consoles, PC, eSports, VR and AR.
TIGA  is the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry. Our core purpose is to strengthen the games development and digital publishing sector. We achieve this by campaigning for the industry in the corridors of power, championing the industry in the media and helping our members commercially.
UKIE produces insight reports and research on the UK industry. UK Industry Research

Insight Reports

Latin America: Industry Reports and Research

Mexico

The Mexican Video Games Association works to improve the conditions that facilitate the development of video games in Mexico, representing and working together, inside and outside the country, with the government, academics and businesses. At the same time promoting Mexican products and the attraction of investment and business opportunities.
The Mexican Video Games Association publish industry reports and are available on their website. Mexico Industry Report 2017

Peru

IGDA Peru is the Peruvian Chapter of the Internation Game Developers Association.

Oceania and Asia: Industry Reports and Research

Australia

The GDAA is dedicated to enriching the Australian games development ecosystem by creating opportunities for the broader industry and cultivating a positive culture and community as it evolves.
IGEA, the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, is the an industry association representing and advocating for the video games industry in Australia and New Zealand. IGEA supports the business and public policy interests of their members to help them to more effectively create, distribute and sell interactive games, entertainment content and related hardware. IGEA also collects sales data, undertakes research, does lobbying towards governments, manages the industry’s public communications, facilitates networking  and provides a range of member services.
Numerous associations and institutes have published reports on the Australian Game Development Industry. Timeline of Game Development in Australia

Australian Government response to the Environment and Communications References Committee report: Game on: more than playing around. January 2018.

Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Video Game Development Industry

Building a Thriving Game Industry Report

Digital Australia 2020

Submission to Help Shape Victoria’s Next Creative Industries Strategy

Aussies love for video games continues to grow

IGEA Submission to Senate Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Video Game Industry

 

Indonesia

Indonesian Game Developers are represented by the International Game Developers Association. 
The European-Indonesian Business Network published a report on the Indonesian Game Industry, Gaming Industry – EIBN Report

Japan

IGDA Japan is the Japanes Chapter of the International Game Developer Association

Korea

The Korean Game Developer Association (KGDA) works to represent game producers in Korea.

New Zealand

New Zealand Game Developer Association represent artists, animators, game designers, programmers, managers, producers, testers, customer support and entrepreneurial indies.
IGEA, the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, is the an industry association representing and advocating for the video games industry in Australia and New Zealand. IGEA supports the business and public policy interests of their members to help them to more effectively create, distribute and sell interactive games, entertainment content and related hardware. IGEA also collects sales data, undertakes research, does lobbying towards governments, manages the industry’s public communications, facilitates networking  and provides a range of member services.
The New Zealand Game Developer Association has published a report on the growth of interactive media in the New Zealand region. The Interactive Aotearoa Report 
Other reports published on the New Zealand Game Development Industry. Digital New Zealand

New Zealanders’ appetite for video games continues to skyrocket

South East Asia Region

Newzoo publish numerous industry reports and have published one on the South East Asian gaming  market in 2015. Southeast Asia Games Market – 2015

North America: Industry Reports and Research

Canada

Calgary Game Developers Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a local community around creating video games as well as encouraging budding game developers to create.
Entertainment Software Association of Canada work on behalf  of their member-companies to ensure that Canada remains a great place to innovate, create and publish video games.
The Entertainment Software Association of Canada have created an overview of the essential facts of the Entertainment Software industry in Canada, as well as a full report for 2017. Essential Facts 2018

Canada’s Video Game Industry 2017: Final Report

Des Jardins have published an industry overview for the Quebec region. The Video Game Industry in Quebec

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