Scottish Government values the Scottish games industry at 1 billion GBP
In response to a fiercely-criticised report by Creative Scotland that the Scottish games industry is essentially worthless the Scottish Government has come out with some more realistic figures.
In contrast to the Creative Scotland report which woefully underestimated the value of the Scottish games industry the Scottish Government figures place a value of one billion GBP.
A Scottish Government statement said, "This study itself acknowledges upfront that the computer games sector data is anomalous. Official Scottish Government statistics (SABS) value the Computer Games, Software and Electronic Publishing sectors in 2010 at just over 1bn GVA representing about a third of the creative industries sector in Scotland."
Brian Baglow, a key figure in the Scottish games industry said, "This is not an end point. It's an opportunity to ensure that evaluating the scope, the definition and the value of the games and interactive sector in Scotland is carried out more intelligently. It gives us an excellent platform to move forward and to ensure that the Scottish government, the cultural and enterprise agencies and the other 20-plus organisations here in Scotland start to communicate more effectively and perhaps work towards some common goals when it comes to 'computer games'."
Thanks Develop Online.