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Catalonia is the top EU region in foreign investment attraction into the video game sector.

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Barcelona-Catalonia, a dynamic hub in Europe for the video game industry.

The video game industry in Barcelona-Catalonia is one of the most dynamic sectors in the digital content field, positioning itself as the driving force for the digital economy. The industry has excellent business opportunities and positive job creation prospects as it is taking shape as a young, innovative industry with a global vision.

National and international video game companies have invested in Catalonia, from local young entrepreneurs that have ended up being bought over, such as Social Point or Akamon, to major multinational companies, such as King, Bandai Namco, Scopely or Ubisoft.

Under the spotlight in terms of FDI and a great place to grow

Catalonia is the region of the European Union with the highest number of projects carried out and investments received and the 2nd in job creation.

Barcelona is recognized as the best technological ecosystem in Southern Europe and some of the companies born here are known for their growth potential. The city is Western Europe’s most attractive metropolitan area for investment (site selection), and a global benchmark for smart and mobile cities.

“Catalonia has a wide offer of specialized video game training programs and is considered one of the most attractive cities in the world with competitive labor costs for the video game industry.”

  • 206 companies

  • 552.5 million euros in turnover

  • 3,933 employees

Why is Catalonia good for the gaming industry?

Catalonia offers excellent investment opportunities for the establishment of R&D centers in game programming, HQ & sales offices, and strong growth trends that may offer additional business opportunities in some fields such as porting and gamification activities. The video game ecosystem is innovative and dynamic, being the most important video game hub in Spain, and one of the biggest in Europe, growing at a double-digit pace in the last few years.

Furthermore, Catalonia has a wide offer of specialized video game training programs and a high standard of living and quality of life, being considered one of the most attractive cities in the world with competitive labor costs for the video game industry. In addition, Barcelona is considered the 4th most creative city in the world, and Europe’s most innovative. It hosts events such as the Mobile World Congress, the Barcelona Games World, ESL Competitions, and market accelerators such as the BCN Gamelab.


 

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