Malmö incubator to launch new games hub

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Malmö incubator to launch new games hub
DevHub is housed in the former offices of the one-time global phone giant Blackberry: Photo: Game Habitat

Malmö's games incubator Game Habitat is planning at the end of this month to officially launch DevHub, a new shared office space for games startups.


Malmö mayor Katrin Stjernfelt Jammeh will lead an official inauguration ceremony on March 27th, along with Game Habitat founder and chief executive Peter Lübeck 
"This first six months has been an early-access beta version of the house," Lübeck told The Local. "Now we've had time to stop and look at what we've done we're ready to make it official." 
The incubator is claiming the office as "the biggest investment in game development in the history of the region", and is aiming to help turn Malmö into "the biggest game development hub in the Nordics". 
Since they opened last September, the shared office space in Blackberry's former headquarters in Gustav Adolf Torg has already attracted over 20 companies. 
Among them are IO, the Danish games company best-known for the game Hitman, which took over an entire floor 
Lübeck said that he had decided to move quickly after signing the lease on August 7th, opening less than a month later. 
"We didn't build it the traditional way, we had zero money to invest, we've got a very big network but we don't have any money," he said. "That's why we've had to give it a bit of time before flaunting it."
Space starts at as little as 1,400 kronor ($150) a month for those willing to hot-desk, and goes up to more than 60,000 kronor a month for those with 20 employees or more. 
He said that Malmö now had the probably the highest concentration of game developers per capita of anywhere in Europe, with games made in the city played by as many as 500 million people. 
"We've reached some sort of critical mass where you have games studios of all shapes and sizes, making games for all genres and platforms conceivable," Lübeck said.
"The purpose of this public event is to show that we're no longer just a small hobby project, that we're becoming an institution in the city that's going to be part of the city's growth going forward." 
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