Aalborg in northern Jutland is becoming an important player in computer game development, writes regional newspaper Nordjyske. The city has become home to a flock of fledgling companies specialising in game development for computers and mobile devices, such as Progressive Media, Tonic Games and Sego.
Progressive Media, which develops games for both mobile phones and Nintendo game consoles, has doubled its number of staff in just 12 months. "And we are earning money," Henrik Weide, one of the founders of the firm, told Nordjyske. "In 2007, we made serious progress. We didn't think we would advance that quickly."
The British game magazine, pocket-gamer.co.uk, awarded Progressive Media's game "SolaRola" the highest possible score in 2007, which helped accelerate sales. The company has also attracted Eidos Interactive, one of the world's leading developers and publishers of entertainment software. Progressive Media is currently developing a mobile version of the computer game "Just Cause 2" for Eidos.
A local-based network organisation in Aalborg for game developers and interested parties, Dreamgames, said to Nordjyske that it is seeing increasing interest in its activities. In the last six months alone, 80 new members have joined the organisation.