Games – NESTA Report on UK Games Industry

Raise the Game Report, commissioned by NESTA from Games Investor Consulting, assesses the competitiveness of the UK’s games studio sector in an international context.
It profiles the games development sectors of the UK, Canada, France and Germany, with a particular focus on policy measures from national and regional governments, identifying challenges and opportunities that have emerged as a consequence of the evolution of video game markets and technology.

The report shows that in spite of its high levels of technical and creative skills and its continued production of world-class games, the UK games studio sector faces important structural weaknesses. They include a lack of global scale publishers, limited access to finance and skill shortages.
Studios, government support agencies and universities all have a role to play in helping overcome these barriers, so that the UK sector remains at the forefront of creativity, innovation and growth in video game development.

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