Scottish game industry employs over 1,000 full-time game devs

The Scottish game industry employed 1,050 permanent and full-time equivalent game developers as of the end of 2014, according to a new TIGA report.

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09/11/2015

The figure represents 9.7 per cent of the UK's total game developer headcount. Scotland is also home to 97 studios, which make up 11.1 per cent of the total number of UK game companies.

The report also revealed that 56 per cent of Scotland’s game studios primarily develop for mobile and tablets. This compares to 48 per cent of studios across the whole of the UK that are focused on mobile development.

“Scotland has many exciting, growing and successful studios and games companies including 4J Studios, Blazing Griffin Games, Codeplay, deltaDNA, Firebrand, Kobojo, Ninja Kiwi Europe, Outplay, Tag, Ruffian, Speech Graphics and Rockstar,” said TIGA CEO Richard Wilson.

“The Scottish video games industry has grown in recent years, partly as a result of a surge in start-ups focused on mobile and tablet games development. The challenge now is to reduce the failure rate of games companies – 30 per cent of all UK games businesses have closed down over the last five years – and to encourage the growth of more durable studios with more staff that are capable of handling larger projects."

If you want to take your games career to the next level, Scotland is the place. 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.

View the full TIGA report