Step83: Countries of sceners

I was part of french Amiga demoscene. I was aware that the nordic countries were more productives. Today I’m wondering what was the implication of each countries.

With the help of the people of AMP (Amiga Music Preservation), here is the trop 10 countries of the music composers. I guess this is quite representative of all demosceners.

Top 10 :

Germany (12%)
Sweden (10%)
Finland (9%)
United Kingdom (8%)
USA (6%)
Poland (6%)
France (5%)
Norway (5%)
Denmark (4%)
The Netherlands (4%)

The Commodore 64 was very popular in Germany. Commodore was an american company. For example, in the same time, the C64 was not well known in France (the best selling computer was Amstrad 464 / 6128). A friend of mine had a C64 and I really wanted one also. I found this computer very powerful. The Amstrad was nice but less technical (no real nice scrolling).
In a logical way, the commodore Amiga was also very popular in Germany. The same phenomenon happended in others scandinavia countries.

The United Kingdom is still a reference in the video game industry around European countries. Lot of great Amiga games have been produced there. This is the same for demos.

As far as I remember, there were not much demo scene activity in the United States. The Amiga company was american and first amiga models have been released in north america first. That’s surely why we can find lot of music composers in that country (or maybe some european people moved to us and registered in AMP as living in USA).

Before 1990 few people in east europe (Poland) had an Amiga. After 1990, the price went down and more people were able to afford an Amiga. As far as I remember, I’ve always been impressed by the high level of technic in polish demos.

Altough the C64 was not popular in France, the Amiga had much more sucess. People were also using Atari ST.

Here are the full stats: (AMP Composers. Country, number of composers, percent)

Germany / 1662 / 12.1 %
Sweden / 1416 / 10.3 %
Finland / 1313 / 9.5
 %
United Kingdom / 1048 / 7.6 %
USA / 809 / 5.8 %
Poland / 769/ 5.6 %
France / 736 / 5.3 %
Norway / 716 / 5.2 %
Denmark / 539 / 3.9 %
The Netherlands / 524 / 3.8 %
Hungary / 264 / 1.9 %
Italy / 249 / 1.8 %
Spain / 209 / 1.5 %
Australia / 205 / 1.4 %
Canada / 197 / 1.4 %
Belgium / 131 / 0.9 %
Switzerland / 115 / 0.8 %
Russia / 105 / 0.7 %
Austria / 76 / 0.5 %
Czech Republic / 72 / 0.5 %
Turkey / 47 / 0.3 %
Israel / 31 / 0.2 %
ex. Yugoslavia / 29 / 0.2 %
Greece / 27 / 0.1 %
Slovakia / 25 / 0.1 %
South Africa / 25 / 0.1 %
Scotland / 24 / 0.1 %
New Zealand / 23 / 0.1 %
Croatia / 21 / 0.1 %
Brazil / 18 / 0.1 %
Iceland / 18 / 0.1 %
Ireland / 17 / 0.1 %
Portugal / 15 / 0.1 %
Slovenia / 15 / 0.1 %
Serbia / 14 / 0.1 %
Argentina / 12 / 0.08 %
Ukraine / 11 / 0.08 %
Belarussia / 9 / 0.06 %
Northern Ireland / 8 / 0.05 %
Luxembourg / 7 / 0.05 %

As reference, here are the stats of C64 demosceners:

1    Germany / 1440 / 20.7 %
2    Sweden / 539 / 7.7 %
3    Poland / 467 / 6.7 %
4    United States / 465 / 6.7 %
5    Netherlands / 459 / 6.6 %
6    Denmark / 399 / 5.7 %
7    United Kingdom / 265 / 3.8 %
8    Norway / 243 / 3.5 %
9    Finland / 186 / 2.7 %
10    Hungary / 143 / 2.1 %
11    Australia / 127 / 1.8 %
12    Austria / 103 / 1.5 %
13    Belgium / 95 / 1.4 %
14    Canada / 87 / 1.2 %
15    Switzerland / 68 / 1.0 %
16    Italy / 56 / 0.8 %
17    France / 51 / 0.7 %
18    Turkey / 44 / 0.6 %
19    Spain / 30 / 0.4 %
20    Czech Republic / 22 / 0.3 %
21    New Zealand / 15 / 0.2 %
22    Argentina / 14 / 0.2 %
23    Yugoslavia / 12 / 0.2 %

The top 10 is quite the same as Amiga except for France. As I said the C64 was sadly not much known in France at that time (the most selling computer was Amstrad 464 / 6128 ).

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