The SNP has today pledged to support the continued growth of the computer games industry after five ‘exceptional’ years for the industry.
The number of computer games companies operating in Scotland has increased from 15 in 2010 to 100 in 2015, with 95 of those businesses registered in Scotland – an increase of over 600% in five years.
Between 2010 and 2013, the last year for which figures are available, turnover increased from £38.1m to £67.6m.
Scottish computer games companies include Rock Star North, producers of the Grand Theft Auto series, and 4J Studios, involved in the production of Minecraft.
Previous SNP action to support the industry includes:
Successfully lobbied the UK Government to introduce tax incentives for the computer games industry
Funding 40 post-graduate places for a new masters programme in Computer Games Development at the University of Abertay Skillset Media Academy
Financial support for Scotland’s first digital skills academy CodeClan
Commenting, SNP MSP Joe Fitzpatrick said:
“Computer games are a massive success story for Scotland and the growth since 2010, both in terms of established companies and in turnover, has been exceptional.
“This is an industry that drives exports and makes a huge cultural and economic contribution to Scottish life.
“The SNP want to ensure that this sector continues to grow as a key part of Scotland’s creative industries.”