Press release: The first joint industry report reveals the state of European games industry in terms of revenue, employees and number of companies

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24 August 2021

The video games industry is a hugely successful European industry, a creative medium that touches billions of people worldwide. The latest industry data demonstrates that it is also an important player in the development of the European post-industrial economy.

There are about 5000 game developer studios and publishers in Europe. All together they employ almost 90 000 people and make a combined turnover close to 12 billion euros. 

European Game Developer Federation (EGDF)’s “2019 European Video Games Industry- Insights report”, supported by the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE), combines key national industry data points from 19 European countries. The report, which presents the freshest aggregated data at a European level on the industry, shows continued growth for European game developers. The European video game industry has boomed in recent years because of the wide variety of platforms used to reach players everywhere.

Hendrik Lesser, President of EGDF, said: “For the first time EGDF and ISFE, the two associations gathering the largest number of industry players in Europe, have collaborated to create a joint insights report on European games industry data. This document aims to be a holistic overview of the game industry at an European level.  EGDF, with its 18 national member associations, is uniquely positioned to collect  and present aggregated data at a European level with the support of ISFE. This can be used for future EU policies to help the industry grow, to attract investors and build strong communities. I thus want  to thank all who supported our efforts since without their collaboration, this report wouldn’t have been possible.“

In terms of industry revenue France emerges as the undisputable European leader when it comes to game development with Sweden and Finland following suit, all three billing over 2 billion euros in revenue each in 2019. The rise of Eastern Europe as a key games industry location can be seen from the fact that both Poland and Romania report over five thousand professionals working in industry.

The joint EGDF-ISFE industry data reveals that Europeans consume much more video games than the region produces today. However, its game development industry has an undeniable potential for growth, with tens of thousands of creative, experienced professionals and thousands of studios creating thousands of new games and original IPs each year in Europe.

In addition, today ISFE and EGDF also released “Key facts 2020” , a joint report that includes both market and industry data.  

About EGDF:

EGDF through its 18 trade associations, represent more than 2500 European game developers studios on a European level, helping 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. The European Games Developer Federation is committed to the stimulation and development of a stable, vibrant and creative European games development sector that is competitive globally and recognized culturally.

Contact for EGDF:

Andreea Sava, tel: +40761778824
Communication Coordinator, European Games Developer Federation (EGDF)