Creative Scotland report mislabels the Scottish games industry as worthless
A rather error-filled report on the creative industries in Scotland has labelled the Scottish games industry as worthless an absurd claim given that the country has produced the Grand Theft Auto series.
The Creative Scotland report claims that in 2010 less than 200 people worked in the games industry in Scotland and that industry added a gross value of 0 GBP to the Scottish creative industries.
Of course this seems to have ignored the some 250 staff employed at GTA developer Rockstar North in Edinburgh as well as the 120 other games-related companies in Scotland, the majority of which employ more than one or two people.
Scottish games industry figure Brian Baglow spoke against the report saying, "The problem is that this is an official report created by two Scottish government organisations which oversee the cultural and enterprise elements of the Scottish economy. Moving forward policy decisions, funding allocations etc. will all be made based on the information in this document."
He continued, "If computer games is seen as small, insignificant and of little economic value then the sector will treated as such. As it stands in this report, computer games is only creative industry of sixteen which creates no value. It is shown as having less direct employment (200) than music (400), cultural education (400) or visual art (800) or photography (900)."
Brian's full rebuttal to the report can be read on Develop Online.