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September 10, 2012

Scotland’s computer games industry contributes £0 to country’s economy: report

The research incolved evaluation of 16 creative sectors

By CBR Staff Writer

The video games industry in Scotland is claimed to generate £0 towards the country’s economy, according to a new report from the Scottish government.

The new report which is commissioned by Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise and compiled by DC Research from publically available data from 2010 revealed that computer games were the least valuable of the 16 evaluated creative sectors.

While, a TIGA’s research compiled in 2011 revealed that the Scottish games industry employing 668 permanent staff in 50 games development, publishing and service companies, represents about 105 of the UK’s total games industry, and generates GBP30m peryear.

TIGA CEO Dr Richard Wilson said while the data in the Creative Scotland report was compiled across all of Scotland’s Arts and Creative Industries and the anomalous information explained by the absorption of companies into other categories in the survey, TIGA believes the results do not reflect the true value of the games industry in Scotland.

"We would urge the Scottish Government to take TIGA’s own 2011 data into consideration," Wilson said.

According to a report, the Creative Scotland Economic Contribution study reveals that many firms may be categorised elsewhere, which would lead to the computer games division with an unusually low gross value.

"TIGA will continue to work with the Government, MSPs, MPs, Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise to highlight the importance of the industry," Wilson said.

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"Video Games are a vital part of Scotland’s creative industries and home to some of the most successful game franchises of all time."

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