With record-breaking revenue, the U.K. game industry is blowing up

Offered by The U.Okay. Division for Worldwide Commerce


You possibly can’t discuss in regards to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) with out discussing one of the crucial flourishing recreation creating ecosystems on this planet: the UK. The U.Okay. is an internationally famend start-up scene for progressive video games and entrepreneurial builders of each stripe, from coders to designers to producers and builders – the sorts of artists who essentially form the course of the trade now and into the longer term.


To fulfill with UK gaming corporations at GDC, be certain that to cease by sales space S649, or go to events.great.gov.uk/gdc.


Take a look at a number of the spectacular stats that present the U.Okay. recreation trade is likely one of the most cutting-edge and fastest-growing on this planet. 

$5.05 billion: Gross sales generated by the U.Okay. recreation trade

The U.Okay. recreation trade contributed $3.9 billion in GVA to the U.K. economy in 2016. In 2018, video games accounted for greater than half of all the U.Okay. leisure market, 51.three p.c, outselling music and video mixed, for the primary time.

Nearly each sector of the U.Okay. recreation trade market is rising. In line with TIGA evaluation, the U.Okay. online game sector is the biggest in Europe, contributing greater than $1.96 billion in the direction of British GDP in 2017.

2,280: The variety of recreation corporations within the U.Okay.

The sport scene is wide-ranging within the U.Okay., encompassing the whole lot from new micro-studios creating video games for the burgeoning cellular market to internationally revered unbiased studios to giant U.Okay. and worldwide publishers, all using a extremely expert workforce with main technical and artistic experience.

  • A number of the greatest names in gaming are from U.Okay. builders, together with LittleBigPlanet, the Batman: Arkham collection, smash cellular hit Monument Valley, Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture, Farm Heroes Saga, and Grand Theft Auto. GTA V, from Rockstar Video games, is the fastest-selling leisure product of all time, grossing $1 billion worldwide in simply three days. In Mach 2018, the sport returned to the top of the U.K. chart, 4 and a half years after it launched
  • Green Man Gaming brings video games to shoppers in 195 international locations, providing an ecommerce retailer and neighborhood platform. GMG simply introduced a partnership with award-winning studio Stainless Video games to carry a brand new IP to PC in 2019.
  • The U.Okay. boasts all kinds of recreation tech corporations, comparable to Improbable, which affords massive-scale spatial simulation know-how that permits builders to create richer, extra immersive and chronic digital worlds. Inconceivable has simply introduced that it’ll start creating its personal multiplayer video games, together with the institution of recent recreation improvement studios in Edmonton, Canada, and London.  Ex-Bioware Veteran Aaryn Flynn will head their new Gaming Studio.
  • Ultrahaptics creates tactile sensations in mid-air, no controllers or wearables wanted. The corporate’s patented “digital contact” know-how, which makes use of ultrasound to undertaking shapes and textures straight onto customers’ fingers, has earned a number of commendations together with being named a CES 2019 Innovation Honoree.
  • Third Kind Games, established in 2016 by former administration and senior builders at Activision, are the lead improvement workforce on Blankos Block Get together, the blockchain powered Get together MMO from Legendary Video games. They not too long ago introduced enlargement plans within the UK.

75%: The income U.Okay. video games corporations generate from worldwide gross sales

The U.Okay. is a perfect place to develop new video games. Massive worldwide corporations like Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, Sony Interactive Leisure, Konami and Take-Two, have opened places of work within the U.Okay., and firms like Warner Bros, EA, and Ubisoft have invested in improvement studios and publishing networks within the U.Okay.

86%: The proportion of U.Okay. recreation employees who’ve at the very least one diploma

A robust and deep workforce with modern expertise in video games and immersive applied sciences sits on the coronary heart of the U.Okay. recreation trade. The trade actively nurtures progressive new expertise in a number of methods:

  • NextGen Expertise Academy targets the subsequent technology of recreation designers via initiatives comparable to new entry-level {qualifications} and apprenticeships.
  • Inventive Skillset affords up-to-date and related recreation sector coaching and training.
  • TIGA Accreditation ensures U.Okay. universities produce graduates with related expertise.
  • The Inventive Careers Programme, launched this 12 months with $18.three million of trade and authorities help, goals to lift consciousness of the vary of employment alternatives within the artistic industries,.

212: The variety of productions that benefited from the UK video video games tax aid, with a mixed price range of over $360 million

International-owned recreation improvement corporations with a presence within the U.Okay. can apply for tax aid, and these company tax credit have attracted important worldwide investments.

The U.Okay. Video games Fund has helped small recreation corporations with early stage finance points, boosted IP creation and nurtured expertise since 2015 with $5.2 million of presidency help. Final 12 months an extra $2.22 million funding was introduced to develop this system and allow it to run till 2020.

40%: The proportion of U.Okay. recreation builders with a price range devoted to R&D

Innovation is a precedence for U.Okay. enterprise and trade and the important thing to a #GREATfuture. The U.Okay. video games improvement sector is innovation pushed, spending a median 20 p.c of turnover on R&D.  Authorities-supported R&D tasks embrace a brand new multi-million-dollar Innovation for Video games and Media Enterprise (InGAME) R&D heart in Dundee, that fosters product, service and expertise innovation throughout the video games trade.

To study extra in regards to the energy of the indigenous U.Okay. gaming trade and the advantages to U.S. corporations investing within the U.Okay., discuss to us at GDC 2019, sales space S649, go to events.great.gov.uk/gdc, or contact Cindy Fabian on the U.Okay.’s Division for Worldwide Commerce (DIT) ([email protected]), who can join you with a U.Okay. Gaming Ambassador.


The U.Okay.’s Division for Worldwide Commerce (DIT) helps companies export, drives inward and outward funding, negotiates market entry and commerce offers, and champions free commerce.  There’s a DIT workforce in San Francisco devoted to supporting the artistic & media industries together with video games. 

UKIE: U.Okay. Interactive Leisure is a non-profit commerce affiliation for the online game trade within the U.Okay.


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