BSGI Project 2021

Baltic Sea Game Incubation: Piloting Network Activities to Foster Game Incubation in the BSR (BSGI)

The extension project “Baltic Sea Game Incubation – Piloting Network Activities to Foster Game Incubation in the BSR” (BSGI) builds upon the BGI-project and continues to work on boosting the game industry in the Baltic Sea Region – giving special attention to capacity building. Its main objective is to enhance business support of game incubators through strategic transnational collaboration with other game incubators in the Baltic Sea region (BSR). Joining forces in transnational cooperation will significantly raise the impact on industry development as opposed to acting alone. A viable international incubation network, a standardised incubation approach with powerful support tools and the expansion of the talent pool will enable young game studios and game developers to compete successfully in the game market and turn it into a growth market. The lead is again with the BGZ Berliner Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit mbH.

BSGI will demonstrate the efficiency of transnational activities in three areas: incubation partners, internationalisation, knowledge transfer. BGI focused on capacity building for implementing a dedicated game start-up programme. BSGI takes this a step further, enhancing this capacity in terms of moulding strong partners, heightening the quality of tuition for internationalisation skills of start-ups, shaping a standardised approach to incubation – challenges that can best be tackled by transnational collaboration. This will involve developing further the skills of incubator staff, mentors and investors as well as installing effective support services for game sector start-ups.

Incubators, technology parks, universities, business development agencies and authorities from six countries around the Baltic Sea form the project partnership. Lead partner is BGZ, further partners are Creative Crowd AB, Dania Academy, HTW Berlin, Invest Stockholm, Lithuanian Innovation Centre, Metropolia University, Tartu Teaduspark and Turku Game Hub. Further 25 associates support the project BSGI as associates, such as the State of Berlin, Tartu City, media:net, Interactive Denmark, Neogames, Kaunas Tech Park, Sting and East Sweden Game.

Two white papers will illustrate solutions for competence building measures of mentors and investors as well as for the internationalisation of incubation. The enhanced online roadmap will form a sustainable body of knowledge of incubation practices for the game industry.

The lead is again with the BGZ Berliner Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit mbH.