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The first Baltic Sea Games Award is over and here’s the aftermovie! For more information and exciting announcements in the future check out Baltic Sea Games on Facebook & Twitter!

BGI in Vilnius: BGI hosted the first Baltic Sea Games Award and our panel “Game Investment 101“ at GameOn in Vilnius, Lithuania! For more information check out some great photos, videos and more content on Facebook & Twitter!

We are part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region multichannel campaign on the positive impact of EU Cohesion Policy on the Baltic Sea macro-region! As a flagship project, we will be sharing lots of information, pictures and videos by Centrum Balticum. Check out BGI’s Twitter & Facebook channels for all the awesome content!

BGI's new event at GameOn ? Here it is: The Baltic Sea Games Award and our Panel “Game Investment 101”. Click here for more information about the event! Get your ticket to GameOn here !

The informal Baltic Sea Group is focusing on the EU’s post-2020 Smart Specilisation Agenda. BGI will be represented by our project partner, the Lithuanian Innovation Centre, as a best practice showcase for driving innovation!

Check out this great article about the changing attitudes towards the video game industry in Lithuania and the challenges that lie ahead! The BGI project is supporting the video games industry in the Baltic Sea Region in realising its potential.

BGI is spreading the word about the games industry’s technology-based creative processes in Brussels! Project partner HWWI is hosting an EU-level policy dialogue on the cross-innovation potential of the game industry at the end of October.

The BGI team is thrilled to be hosting a new event at GameON Video Game Culture Con. Watch this space for more! And make sure to join us in Vilnius, Lithuania, 16-17 November 2019. Tickets are available now.

BGI @ Baltic DevDays ! We are delighted to meet with game incubation experts for two days full of interesting talks and workshops on game development. Baltic DevDays is a new event taking place 12-13 September 2019 in Kiel, Germany, to promote the Baltic Sea Game Industry.

How to set up a game incubator ?
How to use Virtual Reality in healthcare ?
How to engage public authorities in discussing the game industry ?
Check out the new publications from BGI.

Tartu Science Park has opened the call for a gaming incubator program

Christian Gaebler, Head of the Senate Chancellery, refers to BGI in his welcoming speech at Deutscher Computerspielpreis 2019

How is Berlin developing as games location? Berlin Mayor Michael Müller refers to BGI as contributor in the discussion on a game hub for Berlin. Interview by German games industry association.

BGI will attend the Interreg BalticSeaRegion Programme Conference 9-10 April in Lübeck! The project will be part of the pitch session on Business support on 10 April, 9:30

Berlin as a pioneer and driver of German federal politics: Berlin is the first German state to set up an independent State Office for Immigration – what is also of interest for the local game industry

Best practice workshop of the BGI project in Helsinki – Report of the Senate Chancellery Berlin on successful experience exchange

BGI publication online: The Digital Game Industries of the Baltic Sea Region, illustrated in an interactive map.

BGI on the road in Helsinki – study visits at Games Factory, Business Finland and a transnational workshop at the Metropolia University. Topics: Game funding, incubation and internationalisation.

2. Innovation dialogue of BGI partner HWWI on 21 January 2019.
Topic: CrossInnovation and potentials of serious games for the health sector

German lead partner BGZ presents Baltic Game Industry at the Cross Innovation Conference in Hamburg

BGI, Games Factory and Metropolia University have joined forces to build a new Helsinki-based incubator for game studios at Games Factory. Deadline for applications is on November 26.
Register here

BGI at GameOn! From 2 to 3 November, Latvian project partner Ventspils Digital centre represented the project on the video gaming event GameOn in Vilnius.

As part of BGI, the first mentoring sessions for participants of the Digital Dragons incubator programme took place in Krakow Technology Park today.

Innovation dialogue event on challenges for Lithuanian game industry in Kaunas (Lithuania), organised by BGI project partners LIC and Kaunas STP
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Big week for BGI! Partnership will be guest in Stockholm with partners Swedish Games Industry and Invest Stockholm. We will visit The Game Incubator, have our 3rd transnational meeting and attend Invest in Games event.

German lead partner BGZ represented BGI project at the Open Day in the Federal Foreign Office this weekend in Berlin.
Click here for the programme.

Valuable insights to game development trends in Lithuania from Arturas R, a leading game developer. Read through the interview from June, 2018.

First Innovation Dialogue on game incubation took place in Hamburg. HWWI organized a round table discussion with game start-ups, support structures for the creative BGI industries, the City of Hamburg, the regional public investment bank and the German Games Industry Association. Mikkel Fledelius Jensen, Managing Director of Game Hub Denmark, presented a holistic approach towards game incubation.

A new publication is online! “Game Hubs – A Brief Analysis” provides an overview of various types of cooperation as a means to strengthen and stimulate the computer games industry.

How can politics better support the local games industry? BGI brought together Berlin administration, game enterprises, associations and education institutions for three network events at the facilities of Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and Berlin Partner.

1st Innovation Dialogue in Berlin regarding games funding – first of three joint dialogue events regarding the topic by BGZ, State of Berlin and the Berlin games industry.

BGI together with Urban Geography students from the HU Berlin and the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises discussed practical project work in the frame of Interreg and the EU Cohesion Policy, at venues of Berlin Senate Chancellery.

Baltic Game Industry was at the Małopolska Festival of Innovation in Kraków/Poland in a panel discussing whether the „Local game industry can act as generator of social innovations in the region”, Innovation Dialogue by Polish partner Krakow Technology Park.

This year Digital Dragons, one of the biggest game industry events in Central Europe, will also feature the apperance of BGI with an own booth represented by Krakow Technology Park.
We will talk with young indie developers from Poland and abroad, invite them to join our incubation pilots and share their experience with making video games. The conference takes place May 21-22 in Krakow.

Branding Games Capital Berlin unites the Berlin games industry under one roof and strengthens the location internationally
See press release (in German)

“Games Capital Berlin” is the platform for the Berlin Games-Industry: For game developers, localization companies, publishers and VR companies, research institutions, young professionals and interested gamers.
With interviews, statements, information graphics, the blog offers insights into the world of the Berlin gaming industry.

2nd Transnational project meeting in Tartu, hosted by Tartu Science Park and Tartu City Government

Not only was this our first proper project workshop where we discussed our plans for the improvement measures with regards to regional framework conditions for the games industries within the BSR, and for the incubation programmes for game start-ups, most of us had never been to Tartu before.
The meeting was superbly hosted in the fantastic location of the SPARK Demo Centre. After two intensive days, we visited the Tartu Centre for Creative Industries, where we got insights in the fascinating incubation programme for creative industry start-ups.

BGI now on Facebook and Twitter

Innovation dialogue in the Red Town Hall with Björn Böhning, Head of the Senate Chancellery, and the Berlin Games Community

BGI in the Brochure Europa für Berlin-Brandenburg by Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg (in German)

The BGI flyer is now available – in English, German and other languages

BGI is now part of the Interreg BSR project library.

Kick-off Meeting. The BGI project was officially launched with a gala evening in the impressive “columns hall” of the Berlin Town Hall, hosted by the Berlin Senate Chancellery. The Permanent Secretary for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises Christian Rickerts, was present to welcome the project consortium. The two days’ kick-off sessions following this event marked a successful project start.

Berlin welcomes the participants of the 8th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. We use the opportunity to discuss with innovation activists from all around the Baltic Sea region on a broad range of issues relevant for the Baltic Sea Region, following the intentions of our new project.

5th Strategic Project Development Workshop of the ‘Policy Area Culture’ of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Being a flagship of PA Culture, we are invited to present ‘Baltic Game Industry’ at the workshop. Both, the policy area coordinators and other projects expressed great interest, opening-up opportunities for further co-operation.

Meeting of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Monitoring Committee. Our innovation project ‘Baltic Game Industry’ has been selected!