IGDB wants to be a Facebook for gamers
Gothenburg-based IGDB.com aims to gather all relevant information about games in one place.
The Internet Game Database is a Swedish site, which is more or less self-explanatory. As is stated one the site, its goal is to “gather, preserve, and distribute knowledge about games.”
The story behind the project started at a lunch meeting many years ago, according to the company CEO Christian Frithiof. Unfortunately, the domain name IGDB was already taken at the time, even though it wasn’t in use. Frithiof finally got ahold of the domain in 2012.
“We started working on the site as a closed beta. We wanted to test it while at the same time building the database,” he says.
The site opened to the public in April of 2015. What separates IGDB from sites with similar content is that it offers several features outside the actual database. For example, it allows you to keep track of what your friends are playing.
“We want it to be like a Facebook for gamers,” says Frithiof.
At the moment there are four people working full time on IGDB at the company headquarters in Gothenburg. The team consists of two Swedes including Frithiof, a Belgian and an Englishman. After having secured financing from N.A.Scent Invest in January, the company is now focusing on growth for the rest of the year. Like Wikipedia, anyone can add information to the Internet Game Database.
“The idea is to gather all relevant information about games in one place,” says Frithiof.IGDBChristian FrithiofN.A.Scent Invest