Game Camp Kotka 2018 was held on the 8th -10th of June on the island of Rankki, in the Kotka archipelago. This international 48-hour intense event was aimed at game developers from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden.
The weekend was held in old military barrack in beautiful island scenery. The event was attended by 70 different game industry experts: coders, game designers, composers, graphic artists, business experts. Participants formed international teams and developed the game prototypes and business ideas during the weekend. The teams were mentored by a dozen international game industry experts both in game development and on business/financial issues. As a final assignment during the camp, all teams pitched their ideas prestigious jury who chose winning teams. The winner was Source of Madness team, which received a prize of € 10,000 to further development their game and help establish an international startup company. They were also rewarded with the All Access Pass for the Casual Connect event. The runner-up team was Tapduels, which won a prize of 6,000 euros. They were also awarded participation in the LevelUp Startup Accelerator Acceleration Program in the Fall of 2018. The third prize went to Death & Taxes team, winning of 4000 euros. All three winners will also be able to participate in the acceleration program organized by the project. Aalto University Executive Education also awarded personal invitations to the Monetization in Games semester in 2018 to their chosen participants from Game Camp Kotka.
Also four alumni startups were coached during the weekend. Alumni startups were established by the award-winning teams of Riga and Tallinn Game Camp events last year.
The first Game Camps for game developers were held in Spring 2017 in Tallinn and in Fall 2017 in Riga. An acceleration program was launched in the beginning of 2018 to support six international teams established during the Tallinn and Riga camps. After Summer 2018 Game Camp Kotka is the turn of Game Camp Visby in October 2018. The project will organize an investor event in the Spring of 2019 at the San Francisco Game Developers Conference for the best Game Camps teams, which have successfully established an international startup company.
Game Camps is a project funded by the EU INTERREG Central Baltic, which creates and strengthens cooperation with the Baltic Sea region game industry. Game Camps are an excellent opportunity to meet new people among the industry, present your own skills and experience how a game needs to be created and launched on the international game market. The main goal of the project is to help in creating at least 10 international game startup companies and collaborate with at least 240 developers in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden.