BBC Journalist Traces Helsinki’s Global Dominance in Mobile Gaming Back to the Demoscene

Journalist Steffan Powell reflects on Helsinki’s dominance in mobile gaming, citing the demoscene as a key catalyst. Before Angry Birds Nokia put the city on the map, Powell writes, tracing local tech aptitude to 1990s and ’00s—still burgeoning—demoparty culture that fuelled domestic creation (image: CNCD, Closer, 1995) and attracted programmers from afar. The demoscene nurtured a culture of doing more with less, or as quoted executive Sarita Runeberg puts it: “Finns have been tech geeks since forever!”

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