Scotland to introduce UK’s first games strategy
The Scottish Government has approved the creation of the first video games strategy in the UK.
The national plan will be designed to ensure Scotland maintains its position as a global pioneer in the sector.
Currently, the gaming industry contributes almost £190m to the Scottish economy annually.
Brian Baglow, director of the Scottish Games Network (SGN) said: “The games sector is Scotland’s secret weapon. We have far more to offer Scotland’s economy and future as a digital society than anyone realises. However, we do not yet have the same recognition as other areas such as data, fintech, or film.
“The creation of a national strategy will enable us to increase the understanding of the enormous potential of games, increase the support for the ecosystem as a whole and position Scotland as a pioneer in this incredible industry.”
Led by the SGN, the plan will gather recommendations from stakeholders on how gaming can play a “transformational” role in the wider tech industry.
The announcement follows a meeting between the Deputy First Minister Shona Robison and innovation minister Richard Lochhead in November as part of the Scottish Games Week.
Robinson said: “Scotland has a rich heritage in producing pioneering games and the industry is filled with talent, innovation, and creativity.
“The Scottish Government recognises the contribution that the sector already makes and the potential it has to contribute further social, cultural and economic benefits. That is why I have backed the industry to create a National Action Plan for Games in Scotland that boosts and accelerates growth and job creation, as well as amplifying the global reputation of one of Scotland’s most promising and diverse sectors.”
In October, research by Knight Frank highlighted Scotland as the UK’s gaming hub revealing Dundee as the fifth biggest cluster of gaming companies UK-wide.
Edinburgh has also been home to awards-winning company Rockstar North for over two decades. The firm, which began in Dundee, has developed games including Grand Theft Auto.