10. Prague, Czech Republic
Although getting more touristic every year, Czechia is still one of the most affordable places to live in Europe, making it an ideal spot for start-ups and small studios.
9. Helsinki, Finland
If you don’t like cold winters and short days, maybe Helsinki is not the place for you. But if you’re looking for a country that takes its social policies seriously, Finland should be on your list.
8. Paris, France
The city of art has continued to keep up its reputation with game development, offering many opportunities to locals and foreigners alike to pursue a game developer career.
7. Hamburg, Germany
Modern and progressive; these are the particularities that helped create so many gaming studios in Hamburg over the last few years. It’s small, yet feels like a big city.
6. Edinburgh, UK
One of the quaintest cities in the UK, it is located next to some of the most amazing natural landscapes on earth. Full of students and a growing industry, Edinburgh has proven itself as a city to look out for.
5. Bucharest, Romania
You wouldn’t think so, but Romania is one of the most liberal countries when it comes to the internet. Great speeds, flexible laws and cheap costs of living made it a target for major studios to open offices here.
4. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona has always been known for its creative impact on the international canvas. Home to some of the greatest artists and boasting inspiring architecture.
3. Stockholm, Sweden
Although a little expensive, Sweden has been a historical pillar in the film industry and is now leading the way in the gaming industry too, attracting numerous game developers.
2. London, UK
I guess it is kind of obvious, but we couldn’t go without including London on our list. The UK is known for its abundant software industry – so much so that they’re actually lacking programmers!
1. Berlin, Germany
Weirdly, Berlin is probably one of the cheapest cities to live in Germany. And that’s not the only weird thing about it. I like to call it the “New York of Europe”. Full of life and an emerging industry in social gaming with huge companies such as Wooga and King.
Want to know about more interesting cities to be a game developer in Europe? Check out my article on Bilbao, and the Basque Country’s efforts to promote game development within its borders in the BasqueGame association.