Monday, Mar 16, 2015 Tuuli Peltonen , ,

Spring is slowly making it’s way to Finland. The weather is warming up and so are the monthly IGDA Gatherings!

Loads of guests showed up to El Jefe on Tuesday 10th March for the IGDA Finland March Gathering. Our sponsor, Next Games, brought the party to town! Thank you again for providing a free cloakroom service and drink tickets to our awesome guests.




During the “official” part of the evening Studio Head Jay Ranki told us a little about the history of Next Games but Executive Producer Sami Nurmio stole the show and had a grand surprise up his sleeve, because the crowd got to see a clip from “The Compass Point: West”, the first part of a new mobile game series from Next Games. If you would like to be a gunslinger in the Wild West, you can pick up the app for free on the App Store.


The rest of the night was spent socializing and of course talking about “The Compass Point: West”.


Thanks to everyone for a great night. We will see you again in April!

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 Niina Pesonen


March is near and so is the next IGDA Gathering! Join us and our sponsor for a very special event, as they show us what they’ve been up to.

It’s exciting time for Next Games with Compass Point: West launch just around the corner! At the March IGDA gathering, Next Games wants to share the excitement with all of you and give you a sneak peek of what the game is all about.

IGDA Finland March Gathering
Time: 10.03.2015 at 19:00
Place: El Jefe, Erottaja 15-17, Helsinki Finland

As usual, the cloakroom service is offered free of charge on behalf of El Jefe. Please note that to attend you need to be 18 years or older.


Friday, Feb 6, 2015 Tuuli Peltonen , , , , ,

El Jefe was the place to be on Tuesday night when enthusiasts of the Finnish games industry gathered once again to share learn and most of all have fun at the monthly IGDA Gathering in Helsinki. A big thank you once again to our wonderful sponsor Rovio who brought the party to town!


Volunteers hard at work at the registration desk.

In the midst of satisfying their sweet tooth with some Angry Birds candy, guests had the opportunity to hear more about Rovio’s cloud services and Rovio’s own cloud platform and SDK, Hatch, which has been in development for three years. Rovio has also soft-launched an in-game video channel called Ruffle that aims to bring new elements to fan interaction. During the evening’s presentations Rovio’s Jyri Partanen also gave some insight to the company’s success story and concluded that social features and F2P is the way forward.


Jyri Partanen

IGDA Finland would also like to congratulate Rovio for celebrating their 5th Bird Day! Since its launch in 2009, Angry Birds has captivated and impacted hundreds of millions of fans around the world and has expanded from games into much, much more.


Some lucky guests went home with huge plushies!

Thank you to everyone for a fantastic time and we will see you again on March 10th!


Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 Reina Magica , ,


Time to warm up February by gathering at El Jefe on Tuesday 3rd February with all your favourite friends! Rovio has kindly sponsored our event, and not only that, we have a great presentation for the night!

Jyri Partanen from Rovio Entertainment will be speaking about great games and Rovio’s cloud services: how to grow a fan-base, engage your fans, and help fans pay you. He’ll offer you a sneak peek into how Rovio’s cloud services reach hundreds of millions of fans globally. He’s going to hatch the story on Hatch: a tool built for Rovio developers.

IGDA Finland February Gathering
Time: 03.02.2015 at 19:00
Place: El Jefe, Erottaja 15-17, Helsinki Finland

As usual, the cloakroom service is offered free of charge on behalf of El Jefe. The event is limited to adults only.

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 Reina Magica ,


IGDA Finland January Gathering saw the start of a new year for the local game industry. Old friends caught up over a few beers. It was a nice and cozy atmosphere, a reprieve from the cold winter. Join us next time to kick off the start of the working year with style!