November 14, 2006 - At its meeting yesterday, The European Games Developers Federation (EGDF) was officially founded by members representing over 500 leading game development studios from ten European countries.
"The European games industry has had notable successes but faces stiff challenges from rapid globalization," said EGDF Chairman Fred Hasson. "A growing number of countries are recognizing the importance of video games as both a cultural medium and an economic sector that bridges creativity and advanced technology. Some are establishing long term policies that include significant support for their local industry. The EGDF members believe Europe needs to respond swiftly to remain in the race, in particular promoting the creation of new Intellectual Property, updating workforce skills, and backing technological research and development."
The EGDF, based out of Malmö, Sweden, issued this mission statement following its founding meeting:
"The European Game Developers 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.
The EGDF will act to advance the political and economic interests of the European computer and video games industry by providing a platform for collaboration and discussion between the European Union and game developers."
In the coming year, the EGDF has three primary goals: First, to establish itself as the representative body for European developers in order to promote the video game industry and foster its development as a popular entertainment, educational, informational, and training medium. Second, to encourage the sharing of the best practices among the development sector in both business and production matters. Finally, to use its combined bargaining power for the benefit of its individual partner companies.
Members of the EGDF include Tiga (UK), APOM (France), GAME (Germany/Austria), BGIn (Benelux), Productforeningen (Dk), Spelplan-ASGD (Swe), and Neogames (Fin). The studios represented are based in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries, and employ over 15,500 people total.