The video games industry in Iceland has grown exponentially over the years. Not only are several games set in Iceland, but many are developed and created here as well. Top-tier conventions are also held in the Land of Fire and Ice, and we got all the details just for you!
When Iceland hosted the 2021 League of Legends World Championship, many gamers’ eyes quickly turned towards the island nation. However, The Land of Fire and Ice has had a massive gaming culture long before 2021.
Nowadays, some big games are in development by Icelandic companies and events are in the works to be hosted here. One thing’s for certain-there’s much more to come.
A large percentage of Icelanders play video games regularly, according to a Gallup poll. Therefore, it makes sense that there are so many game developers in the country. Of course, they also have the Icelandic landscape and fascinating Nordic history to inspire them.
Let’s take a look at games created in or set in Iceland, as well as upcoming events to attend. Once you’ve played the games inspired by the country, you’ll probably want to explore the locations yourself.
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Competitive gaming has become an officially recognized and extremely popular sport over the last decade. It attracts millions of fans who want to watch the matches via live stream or, prior to COVID-19, in person.
Now that restrictions are relaxing, plans have resumed to fill stadiums again, with many fans eager to see the world’s best players compete live.
As mentioned above, Riot Games’ League of Legends chose to host their World Championship in Reykjavík in October 2021. It was originally planned to take place in China, but the location switched just two months before.
This was to make sure that all the competing teams could travel to the finals’ location. Despite having no crowds, the event was a big success.
While ‘LoL’ Worlds 2022 will likely take place in North America as planned, other games’ events are coming to Iceland. Set your calendar for the following:
The Fanfest will include presentations, pub crawls, parties, tournaments and more.
EVE: Valkyrie is set in the EVE Online universe, but is a shooting game played on a virtual reality headset. Released in 2016, the player can choose between a single-player mode and 8vs8 real player missions.
Keep an eye on their web for more information about the game. Hopefully, we’ll hear about a potential release date soon.
The Activision team did a good job of showcasing Iceland’s landscapes, with its rugged geology. After playing these maps, see if you can find locations that resemble them.
In Senua’s Sacrifice, Senua struggles with psychosis, demonstrated by constant whispering voices in the background. The developers brought in neuroscientists and mental health experts to make sure the representation was accurate. Needless to say, prepare to be fascinated and disturbed.
It’s not yet clear when Senua’s Saga will be released; perhaps late 2022 or early 2023. The first game, although not set in Iceland, heavily featured Nordic and Viking themes. The sequel is expected to continue in this way.
So, now you’re asking where you can find video games in Iceland? Well, since so many popular games are now online or downloadable, you’ll find them anywhere with an internet connection. But what if you want to go old school and purchase a physical copy?
The best place for new games on consoles like the Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo would be Elko electronics shops. This chain sells all kinds of devices, from headphones to televisions to household appliances and more.
They also sell gaming consoles and the gaming titles that accompany them. There are two big branches in the capital, and both are easy to find.
If you’re looking for something more retro, check out Spilavinir store in Reykjavík. They sell a wide range of old and new board and card games, as well as jigsaw puzzles. If you’re here at the right time, feel free to attend one of their bi-weekly game nights.
Another shop selling a variety of games is Nexus, which has two branches. Here you can find cosplay costumes, Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh cards, tabletop games, and classic and modern board games.
Nexus also hosts game nights, movie nights, and much more. If you’re looking for like-minded people to discuss gaming with, you’ll find them here.
The gaming industry and its titles, developers and players are constantly growing throughout Iceland. Despite having such a small population, this island nation is making its mark on the gaming world. You’ll be hearing a lot more in the future about big international events choosing to host here.
The games that are developed or set in Iceland wouldn’t be what they are without the country’s incredible natural beauty. Once you’ve tasted this picturesque scenery in the virtual world, you’ll have an inkling to see it for yourself. Visit Iceland and maybe you’ll come up with an idea for the next big game!