Scotland’s games industry ‘needs a UK-wide network to thrive’

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The Scottish video games industry needs a UK-wide network to thrive, according to a report by think tank Gordon Brown.

The Our Scottish Future document warns that the sector in Scotland risks being left behind in a market dominated by large international developers.

The Grand Theft Auto franchise was created by the Scottish sector, while Dundee-based 4J Studios developed the console version of Minecraft.

The document says the Scottish government should make IT a central part of the curriculum, increase the number of IT places at universities and increase funding for start-ups.

It also says the UK and Scottish governments should work to build a new UK-wide network, linking businesses and students to each other.

The article’s author, Ruairidh Macintosh, said: “Faced with such fierce global competition, the best plan would be one that takes advantage of the benefits that the Scottish games industry derives from the social and economic ties of the UK. .

“From finance, skills and connections to England’s world-class games industry as well as other cutting-edge creative industries such as film and television, the UK offers opportunities to make the most of advantage of Scottish talent and creativity.

“Alone, the risk is that the historically successful clusters of Edinburgh and Dundee may not keep up with the ever stronger clusters of America, Japan, China and Europe.

“By combining Scottish imagination with UK ideas, resources and connections, we have the best chance of staying competitive over the long term.”

Sean Taylor, Director of InGAME Research Center at Abertay University Dundee, said: “I am delighted to see the continued impact and growth potential of the Scottish video games sector highlighted in this report.

“A collaborative and cooperative approach offers Scotland the opportunity to create a competitive advantage within the world’s largest entertainment industry and beyond.”

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