Flanders’ gaming industry is booming. Does this have anything to do with the hundreds of highly-skilled developers and game designers graduating each year from Howest, a university college in Flanders? There’s no doubt about it! Howest’s Digital Arts and Entertainment course has already been elected the world’s best gaming course multiple times, propelling the emergence of an elaborate gaming development ecosystem in the region.
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Game design talent from Flanders and the US unite
We found a similar ecosystem in Atlanta at the Creative Media Industries Institute.
The gaming industry has also proven to be big business in US state of Georgia. With over 160 game studios employing over 4,000 people, the gaming industry in Georgia accounts for USD 800 million.
In the Creative Media Industries Institute, Georgia State University’s renowned department specialized in gaming, Howest has found its ideal partner for growth.
There are opportunities around every corner here. We want to act now and seize them.
During a five-year close collaboration, the two universities will cross far-away borders and connect their local gaming industry ecosystems. By aligning their educational programs, they’ll be able to exchange students and lecturers more easily. They’ll tackle research projects together, share their knowledge and network to drive promising students and start-ups further. With these and other efforts, the partnership will be beneficial for both Howest and Georgia State University.
This valuable partnership was forged under the watchful eye of Her Royal Highness, Princess Astrid of Belgium, who led an economic mission in the US in June 2022 and was joined by Flanders’ Minister President Jan Jambon and Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT). The economic mission marked a high-level occasion for Flanders’ gaming industry to showcase its highly skilled talent – making it clear that Flanders’ game developers can keep up with – or surpass – even the top gaming nations.
This proves that the gaming industry in Flanders is maturing.
In addition to Howest, other top-notch game developers from Flanders – such as game studios Triangle Factory and Cybernetic Walrus, and e-sport specialist Meta – stole the show during an impressive event at Georgia State University.