ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION

  • The Gross Value Added (GVA) of the UK computer games industry was £426m in 2014, according to the official DCMS data released in January 2016. Note: this figure is dependent on survey data and is quite volatile, and should therefore be treated with caution. A separate study by Nesta and Ukie has estimated that GVA from the UK games industry could be £1.72bn.[2]
  • Games jobs statistics are often disputed. The UK computer games industry employed 20,000 in 2015 up from 13,000 in 2011, according to DCMS data. Separate data from Creative Skillset estimates that the games industry workforce was 10,300 in 2015. [3]

  • The Nesta & Ukie study counted 1,902 video games companies in the UK, employing approximately 9,200 creative staff and indirectly support more than 16,800 jobs. [2]

  • 95 per cent of UK games businesses export at least some of their games/services to overseas markets. On average, 45 per cent of a UK games business’ turnover is generated from the export of games. [4]

[2] A Map of the UK Games Industry, Nesta & Ukie, September 2014.
[3] DCMS Statistics, June 2016.
[4] TIGA, 2016