Scottish Government backs national video game strategy

Holyrood ministers have approved proposals to develop and implement a nationwide plan fronted by industry body the Scottish Games Network and intended to deliver the furtherment of a key sector

The Scottish Government has approved the creation of what it claims will be the UK’s first national video games strategy.

The national plan is intended to ensure Scotland maintains its position as a global pioneer in the sector that, according to the government, contributes about £190m to the Scottish economy annually.

Led by industry body the Scottish Games Network, 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 Scotland’s deputy first minister Shona Robison and innovation minister Richard Lochhead in November as part of the Scottish Games Week.

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Robison 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 a UK gaming hub, with Dundee cited as a cluster for gaming companies.

Brian Baglow, director of the 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.”

Sam Trendall

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