Scottish video games industry sees jobs and investment surge

The Scottish video games industry has seen a surge in the number of people it employs and the amount of money it generates, according to research.

Grand Theft Auto 5


The TIGA representative body said the sector in Scotland has also recorded a rise in the number of studios trading, investment and contribution to UK GDP.

The sector has scored notable international successes in recent years with Rockstar North’s Grand Theft Auto games becoming one of the most popular series of all time and 4J Studios, founded by Chris van der Kuyl and Paddy Burns, working with Mojang on the Minecraft phenomenon.

More recently Outplay Entertainment has been collaborating with Angry Birds creator Rovio on new games.

TIGA said the number of creative staff in Scottish studios grew almost nine per cent between 2013 and 2014 up from 964 to 1,050 while jobs indirectly supported by games companies was up by a similar percentage from 1,762 to 1,920.

The Scottish sector’s contribution to GDP grew by more than nine per cent from £99 million to almost £108m with tax revenues said to have increased from £41m to £44m.

The number of game development studios rose from 94 to 97 while investment was stated to have grown from £45m to £49m.

If you want to take your games career to the next level, Scotland is the place. In addition to Tag Games, Scotland is home to big names in gaming like Rockstar North, Outplay Entertainment and 4J Studios. In fact, we have over 90 games studios and growing, so there are lots of opportunities to grow an exciting career.

Join our thriving games industry.

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