- A 4.9 Billion euros industry
- 342 video game companies
- 36.1% of the French industry players
Paris region has the highest concentration of video Game companies in France with renowned studios such as Ubisoft, Gameloft, Don’t Nod Entertainment, Quantic Dream… Iconic games were born in Paris: Assassin’s Creed, the Raving Rabbids, Dofus.
The availability of tax credits and talents as well as a strong network of development studios makes Paris a great location for international companies such as Nintendo, Gumi Europe, Activision, Riot Games,
French creatives have also established themselves on the Virtual Reality stage. In 2018, 1 out of 4 gaming studios were developing virtual, augmented or mixed reality games.
Development, one of France’s greatest strengths
It is the result of a strong cultural legacy in artistic creation, the existence of many schools and universities that train talents for this industry, combined with a real entrepreneurial spirit.
Among the top schools for Video Game, you find Isart Digital, ICAN, ESGI (computer school), Les Gobelins (#1 in animation worldwide), IMM – Institut de l’internet et du multimedia, LISAA (school of design), IUT Bobigny, ECV…
A Structured and Active Ecosystem: clusters, incubators & accelerators
Capital Games is the Paris Region cluster dedicated to Video Game. It gathers the region’s key stakeholders in the industry to support their export initiatives, funding proposals and joint R&D projects. It also helps towards structuring the industry in the long run (defining job and skills profiles, joint action, lobbying etc.).
Cap Digital cluster aims at promoting the Paris Region as one of the world leaders in digital contents, creative industries and services, from an industrial as well as a strategic point of view. It gathers actors from technical industries, audiovisual, VFX, gaming, 3D, literature, music and Adtech.
Pole Media Grand Paris is the cluster dedicated to the audiovisual industry Paris Region. Its actions are directed toward financing, innovation, training, international expansion and the environmental responsibility (ECOPROD). It’s also active on the e-sport sector.
As part of the Strategic Innovation Lab, the Ubisoft Entrepreneurs Lab’s mission is to team up with innovative startups to explore technologies or trends that might become critical for Ubisoft in the future.
C19 works to promote the development of projects in the field of digital art and culture, providing training, research, pre-incubation, incubation and business incubation.
LINCC by Paris&Co, the platform dedicated to digital cultural and creative industries: EdTech, video games, digital publishing, digital press, 3D animation, music, audiovisual, radio, television, cinema, virtual reality…
European capital of E-sport
As a European esports capital, the City of Paris will host the finals of the World League of Legends Championship at the AccorHotels Arena on November 10th, 2019.
Level256 by Paris&Co is the first global platform dedicated to e-sport. It brings together startups, institutional players and large companies in the sector.
1 out of 5 French studios said they were planning on investing in e-sport in 2018.
3,800 researchers work in the image industry in the Paris Region.
Among the Research labs: Ligm (Gaspard Monge computer science lab), CEA List (Laboratory for Integration of Systems and Technology), Institut Mines Télécomparis (French leading institute of technology), Cedric (research in computer science, applied mathematics and electronics), Lutin userlab (a platform for usability observations and experimentations), L2ti from University Paris 13.
Tailored incentives for your projects
NEW! Paris Region supports the creation of video game with a 1M€ annual fund accessible to international Video Game companies. The Fond d’Aide a la Creation de Jeu Video is up to 150,000€ in advance funding per video game project (online/offline, consoles, mobile, PCs, social networks and on any distribution medium – except for Pay to win games) with at least 50% of the production expenditure in Paris Region.
With 30% tax credit of eligible production expenditure the French Video Games Tax Credit (CIJV) is one of the most competitive video game support systems in the world. It has contributed to the creation of many emblematic productions and supported more than 200 projects across 100 companies such as Ubisoft, DontNod, Quantic Dream, Ankama, Gumi Europe…
The Video Games Support Fund (FAJV) includes Fund for Original Creation, Fund for Prototype Production and Fund for Collective Actions.
Many other tax provisions to support your business are available: R&D tax credit of 30%, innovation tax credit of 20% for SMEs, Young Innovative Company status etc.
Your Events in Paris Region
INDICADE EUROPE [Paris] 18-19 oct, 2019 – an international juried festival of independent games
GAMECONNECTION [Paris] Oct 29-31, 2019 – An international show floor that provides an opportunity for over 2700 international developers, publishers, distributors and service providers to find new partners and/or clients
PARIS GAME WEEK [Paris] 30 oct – 3 nov 2019 – a trade fair for video games
VIRTUALITY [Paris] Nov 21-23, 2019 – a trade show dedicated to virtual reality and immersive technologies
PARIS IMAGES DIGITAL SUMMIT [Enghien-les-Bains] 29 Jan – 1 Feb 2020 – for professionals on the lookout for disruptive technologies in cinema, television, advertising, video games and transmedia
NEWIMAGES [Paris] June 10-14, 2020 – the international festival of digital creation and virtual worlds and a XR Financing market
FUTUR.E.S [Paris] June – the festival of digital and sustainable innovation