Spelkollektivet: Co-living for game developers
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Welcome to Spelkollektivet

With rent as cheap as 275€ per month - where everything is included: prepared meals, accommodation, office space, electricity, internet and utilities. Gym, sauna, pool, jacuzzi and a beautiful scenery; it's all here for you. Stay with us for a week, a month, a year, whatever you need.

Spelkollektivet is a co-living solution with a variety of services for game developers from all over the world who want pursue their dreams while living with like-minded people.

While living here you don't have to deal with everyday tasks such as cooking and cleaning. You just focus on your health and your projects.

Everything is included in the rent. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedroom, office space, internet, electricity, furniture, consumables such as shower gel and laundry detergent.

You're sharing the experience with other awesome game developers from all over the world. Even though you might work alone, we're still a big team having each other's backs.

You'll have access to: gym, pool, jacuzzi, sauna plus various professional hardware, software and services.

Location

Spelkollektivet is located in a very small village in Sweden with only 160 inhabitants. As of 2019 the population will be around 240 and more than 33% of the population will be game developers from all over the world. The address to our office building is Skolvägen 1, 362 57 Ryd, Sweden.

Our mission

The primary goal of Spelkollektivet is to create a small society based on interests and hobbies, which transcends nationalities and cultures. While doing that, we're helping our guests by offering affordable living and a ton of services to help them fulfil their game development dreams.

Origin story

The first ideas for Spelkollektivet were written down back in 2014 by James Newnorth, who wanted to create a small society based on interests and hobbies. James saw a big financial benefit for the people who'd living there, since there's a lot of financial overhead living alone in a bigger city. Later in early 2016, James started to look for a suitable house to make his dream a reality. Unfortunately, all the houses James visited turned out to be either too small, required too much renovation or were too expensive. Out of nowhere came good news, as James was trying to rent a house for an event; they wanted to sell it.

It was the perfect house for the project. as it was both big, affordable and located in a sparsely populated area in southern Sweden. Although there were no investors or financing from the bank available, James managed to convince the owner to rent it out to them with the promise to buy it later. In the spring of 2017, contracts were signed and James posted the announcement of the project on Facebook. A week later there were enough applications to fill up the house for two years to come. This was a happy surprise because we didn't anticipate to have the house filled before the project's first year had passed.

The business was up and running 1st September 2017 and people moved in from Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden and USA. Later in 2018, we realized expanding is needed in order to provide more & better services. Thanks to a good connection with the municipality and politicians, who saw the potential of our company and what good it could do for the community, we started making new plans for our expansion. The plan for 2019 is to make use of an abandoned office building, which is situated just five minutes walking distance from our current house. With this new house we can host up to 80 game developers at a time.

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