The GAME-ER project, coordinated by INOVA+, will investigate the dynamics of local and regional gaming clusters over the next three years. The aim is to help the policymakers to energise this industry.

The project aims to provide useful information to the policymakers and leaders in the video games industry from the perspective of six regional clusters in five European countries: France, Czech Republic, Italy, Scotland and Portugal.

The initiative recognises the vital role that these local and regional clusters play in promoting innovation, economic growth and social cohesion. These clusters have been carefully selected for their unique characteristics and different stages of development. In Portugal, the case of Fundão will be studied, in collaboration with the city council.

The kick-off meeting for the GAME-ER project was held in Matosinhos on the 6th and 7th of March.

To achieve its objectives, the project will adopt a participatory approach, in collaboration with policymakers and industry stakeholders. To this end, a methodological and interactive ToolKit will be developed, with a series of policy and practical recommendations. This ToolKit will assist in the development of existing Cultural and Creative Industries clusters.

The GAME-ER project has a funding of around 3 million euros from the Horizon Europe program and it’s promoted by a consortium of 15 partners from 8 European countries.

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