MDTS and Spelplan-Association of Swedish Game Developers have announced they have joined forces in a new unified trade body called the Swedish Games Industry.
The newly-formed organization issued a statement saying the unification was “one way of meeting our increasing responsibility and keeping a clear communication internal within the industry and external to our surrounding.” The group will “inform about sales statistics, development questions, employment and computer and videogames as culture.”
Swedish Games Industry Chairman Öjje Holt said, “The progress of games is fast, and it’s important for industry to keep pace. The interest for games is very big, and by uniting our resources, we can increase our efforts.”
According to the group, there are currently over 1,000 people employed in the Swedish game development industry. While small and not especially well-known, Swedish development studios have produced a number of popular PC and console titles over the years, including the Europa Universalis games, Midtown Madness 3, Ground Control 2, and most famously, the hit Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay.