Finland has become an epicenter for mobile game development. Now, one of the most successful mobile game companies to come out of Japan is considering relocating there.
Taizo Son, chairman of Tokyo-based Puzzle & Dragons
developer GungHo Online Entertainment, told The Wall Street Journa
l, "We'd like to move our headquarters. We are researching this option, and we are conducting a feasibility study."
If GungHo were to relocate, it would join similarly-successful Clash of Clans
developer Supercell, which GungHo and parent company SoftBank acquired last month
for $1.5 billion. Finland is also home to Rovio, the company behind the massively-popular Angry Birds
GungHo's breakout mobile game hit is Puzzle & Dragons
for iOS and Android. The game at one point was raking in an estimated $2.5 million per day, though its revenues and profits have recently shrunk down a bit, from utterly insane
to run-of-the-mill insane
Aside from advantages of bringing SoftBank's mobile game operations closer together geographically, Finland is also attractive because of lower corporate taxes and an active start-up scene, Son said.