The market may be dominated by a few countries but screensavers
can come from anywhere there are inventive people,
which is everywhere.
Mathematics is the language of science and so it is for computer
science. Math wiz kids from various countries playing around, having
fun writing instruction sets for computer visual effect displays,
I think started the ground works for today’s screensaver industry.
I remember a young Italian kid on the internet in the early 1990s
publishing nifty little screensaver programs that were quite innovative.
He was a math prodigy who visually demonstrated interesting algorithms
The first commercial screensavers were developed in the US
and they dominated the newly created industry into the new millennium,
then their European counterparts seem to forge ahead in areas of
creativity and innovation. I believe currently the Netherlands
and Germany are the hotbed of screensaver development,
with the rising Russian companies right behind.
The UK, France, Italy,
Spain and the Scandinavian countries
have creative developers but remain relatively unknown to the US
market. From the Middle East, Egypt is the only
country I am aware of that has screensaver developers. South
Africa I believe has a few also.
It is very surprising that Asian companies are not among the leaders
of this industry since they seem to have a knack for creative technology.
There are a few developers from China, Singapore
and Taiwan but none from India
and Japan that I am aware of. Brazil
is another tech savvy country that is absent from this field.
Generally speaking commercially developed screensavers originate
from Europe, Russia, US and English speaking counties like Canada,
Australia and New Zealand. However
like artists, individuals who develop for the sheer enjoyment of
being creative are global and not confined to any particular country
or region. In many cases they, without being constrained or bound
to market driven goals are able to produce the most creative and