Who we are

GameDev Estonia is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing and coordinating the development of the video game industry in Estonia. GameDev Estonia represents individual Estonian video game developers and development companies of any scale, outsourcing companies, research centers, and educational organizations. 

We already managed to bring together most of the Estonian GameDev community. Become a member of our association through Patreon to get the latest news in the field, networking opportunities, and job prospects.

The main goal is to bring together local game development forces, companies, entrepreneurs, and ultimately universities.

Our latest activities

In February of 2022, we published an Estonian GameDev Industry overview. This paper was part of the effort to map out the Estonian game development industry landscape. It was sponsored by Gamecan OÜ, Placeholder Gameworks OÜ, and Ringtail OÜ with the additional support of the Estonian game development community. This paper is widely used by the community and was used in the creation of the European Game Development overview paper. by European Game Developers Federation (egdf.eu).

In June of 2022 we organized a Summer Conference event. It was divided into two parts – the first evening was an official bigger-scale event where we will discuss the latest Estonian releases and future plans, then on the second day were mainly discussions on the upcoming events and cooperation possibilities inside of the community. 

We are helping students to find careers in local game dev, studios to promote their projects and to make a game development community more visible to the open public. Additionally, we organized many community events such as DEMO day, Drawing Workshop, and Monthly Meetups. 

The TEAM

Marten Palu

Marten is passionate about helping businesses and people to succeed. He's a natural entrepreneur, out of the box thinker. Founder/CEO of Gamecan, a game development studio based in Pärnu. Co-founder / Board Member of PÄRNU HUUB.

Ott Madis Ozolit

Ott has been in the gaming industry since 2003, active in both the international and local game development communities, helping out with APT Game Generator. Ott has worked on games such as Disco Elysium, Death and Taxes and Tropico 6. Their current focus lies mostly with creating impactful, meaningful narrative games and advancing the interests and opportunities of Estonian game development communities.

Andrejs Rusinovskis

Andrejs is a qualified youth worker who has great experience of writing and facilitating cultural projects. Worked in many countries around the world. Designer of printed materials. Interested in the long history of video games and has written several articles on the gaming industry. Co-founder and technical director of the Interactive Video Game Museum LVLup!.

Joonas Pylvinen

In gamedev industry for near 10 years via IGDA Finland Jyväskyä hub Expa. Studied Gamedesign in Ontario Canada and producing in Kajaani Finland. Involved at commercial and noncommercial game projects as for Gamelab projects to VR training simulations to Finnish Defence Forces. IGDA Jyväskylä board Network responsible 2016. Worked as a producer in Gamecan in Pärnu until moved full time to GDE Feb 2022.

Maret Saluste

Maret has been in the game industry since 2015, when she started studying Game Design and Development in Tallinn. Maret has worked in Gamecan for over 3 years, first as a marketing specialist and now she is an Education Project Manager. She is currently developing their education centre Full Cycle Game Academy.

Helena Viks

Helena is an Assistant to Project Manager at Gamecan. She is helping to manage social media channels of GameDev Estonia.