The UK video games industry is important economically and culturally. The UK video games sector is the largest in Europe. In 2016 the video games sector contributed £1,245 million (£1.2 billion) to the UK’s GDP and generated £514 million for HM Treasury in tax revenues. 33,637 work in the games industry/ are in jobs indirectly supported by studios, including 11,893 in games development.

Games development is a knowledge industry par excellence. The sector sustains highly skilled, graduate employment. A typical games development studio will have 80 per cent of staff qualified to degree level or above and many studios provide on-going training.


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