Video gaming in Lithuania
Video gaming has become more popular in Lithuania, as well as in other European Union members. Although video games industry in Lithuania is only developing, there are some challenges for gamers, such as minor cybersport events.
News about video games
Although Lithuania is not a very big country but there are still many of those who want to read the news about video games. In result a few major sites were opened to fill up this need.
Game development industry
Lithuania's game development industry is very small, but in recent years there was a substantial increase in small companies and single developers working on games for iOS platforms (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad). Most companies are exporting games to larger foreign markets like UK or US, because local market is still very small and selling only locally for profits is very hard if not impossible. The largest game developer community gathering place is GameDev.lt () portal.
There are several events that attempts to gather developers for making connections, to share knowledge or simply to have a good time. Since 2009 local chapters of Global Game Jam were organized each year. In 2009 there was only one chapter in Vilnius city, but in 2010 there were two chapters in Vilnius and Kaunas cities. Several conferences focusing on game development also were organized, but they are not regular and last one was held in 2004. Each year, several smaller informal and irregular meetings are held in Vilnius or Kaunas bars, usually organized from GameDev.lt portal by its community.
List of Lithuanian game developers and publishers
- Ivolgamus ()
- Joystick Ninjas () - indie game development studio working on games for iOS platforms.
- Kiork ()
- Lucky Loot ()
- Realore ()
- UD7 () - indie game development studio working on games for iOS platforms.
- Žaidimų šalis aka Gameland & Partners ()
- Yummi Apps () - social games developer.
- Pixel Punch ()
- Tag of Joy ()
- On5 ()
- qbcode ()
- Edukacinės sistemos () - indie game development studio focusing on educational and kids games.
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