In October, representatives of the most successful Czech gaming companies introduced the Prague gaming industry to Turkish entrepreneurs, developers and academics. The international project was designed to build international partnerships, exchange know-how and support the Prague cultural and creative industry on an international scale. The trip was arranged by the Prague City Hall together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supported by the Association of Czech Game Developers (GDACZ) and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ankara.
Czech computer games are majorly successful around the world and the City of Prague aims to further support creative industries and look for ways to strategically contribute to their development. That’s why this project proved to be very beneficial. Representatives of four Czech gaming studios (Bohemia Interactive – ArmA, Warhorse – Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Charles Games – Freedom 1945, and SCS Software – American Truck Simulator) attended a series of meetings in Ankara and Istanbul. During the moderated discussion panel between Czech and Turkish representatives, the individual companies presented their projects and exchanged experiences about the conditions of game development in their countries. It became evident that the cooperation between the Czech Republic and Turkey is effective on many levels – including the exchange of know-how, opportunities for outsourcing for Czech studios, or the search for new talent. With a growing number of companies and a shortage of employees, establishing contacts abroad is one of the ways to ensure the development of the gaming field in the future.
“The aim of this project is to present Prague as a centre of the gaming industry, which, as can be noticed, has been growing dramatically in terms of content, culture and finances in recent years. Therefore, in the coming years, we can expect that the importance of computer games and the entire creative industry will grow significantly. It is important for the city to prepare for this development and thus ensure quality education in this field, including foreign cooperation either at the European or intercontinental level,”said Vít Šimral, the Prague City Councilor for education, sports, science and business support.
Last year, the turnover of the Czech gaming industry climbed to more than 5.3 billion Czech crowns and became one of the fastest-growing industries in the Czech Republic. The video game industry currently employs more than 2,000 people and Czech companies are still looking for more new and creative people. The Czech gaming industry is sufficiently attractive and competitive even on a global scale, which is why about a third of the employees within this sector are foreigners.