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Future Networks Research and Innovation in Horizon2020

Subject: Future Networks Research and Innovation in Horizon2020
Executive summary
European Games Developer Federation (EGDF) represents about 600 game developer
studios from 12 European countries. EGDF can actively bridge the gap between new,
innovative, creative and content driven ventures and the existing European research
community.
As a part of the first truly integrated digital ecosystem of the entertainment sector,
games markets that are around $100 billion globally, these companies are placed ideally
to be the focal point of the coming Transmedia Era. Consequently, these companies are
cultural, economic and innovation drivers in the digital markets. And there is a huge need
for cross sector synergies uniting technological innovation with cultural creation and
economic development in the area of content and media businesses.
Europe is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to the state of its network
infrastructure. Therefore the introduction of higher bandwidth should be one of the main
research focuses. However not only the network drives the content, it happens both
ways: the content also drives the requirements of the network. A digital Europe needs to
be a strong, content driven, Europe.
Game developers are more and more considering self-publishing, and thus starting to
distribute their own content. As the distribution of computer games has now shifted from
boxes to online new distribution modes emerge. In the context of the “internet of the
future” network and social network based games and game-like applications should be
regarded as leading indicators of future requirements on the cloud based distribution
structure.
The aim of the games industry is to perform rich, interactive 3D content in platforms that
are integrated with people’s everyday computer usage through multiplatform delivery.
Thus it is crucial that networks are able to switch between streaming mobile content and
fiber based online content. This is the only way to enable the full potential of
multiplatform delivery of digital content.
The mobile units, smart-phones, handhelds, and related embodiments of ICT technology
are likely to be the next-generation personal computers. Especially the area of human
machine interface is an area of high strategic importance, and the world’s leading mobile
unit developers and the world’s leading developers of interactive content should be very
strongly encouraged to join forces. As the example of location based games
demonstrates, the research questions associated with this no more are connected only
with the interface of the hardware but with the whole network.
As the innovation in digital markets is more and more user driven, it is vital that research
projects will be more user-oriented. This means that in addition the needs of the
companies trying to exploit the research results also the needs of the end-consumers
have to be taken to account. It is also important that research itself is adapting more
user driven models in order to maximize its impact.
The Finnish Tekes has actively broadened the definition of innovation from purely
technological innovation related to content, services and business models. Games
industry is one of the most potential constituencies maximizing the impact of the
research based on the broad definition of innovation.
As in the Digital Era innovation happens in small entities instead of large corporations.
Therefore it is crucial that public support is directed to many small projects with about
four consortium partners (two at the minimum and five at the maximum) and a clear a
SME-quota for EU RTD projects so that at least 50% of the funding goes to SMEs is set.

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