University Boost for Welsh Digital Games Industry

Ensuring the Digital Games industry in Wales can compete with the rest of the UK will be the focus of a new Knowledge Transfer Centre at the University of Glamorgan.

Gameslab wales has been established as the result of a successful funding application to the Welsh Government’s Academia for Business (A4B) scheme for£422,555. The project aims to promote knowledge transfer between the academic centres of excellence to the computer games industry sub-sector. 

Led by the University of Glamorgan’s School of Creative&Cultural Industries, in collaboration with Swansea Metropolitan University, the project will provide a unique resource to support open innovation in the Welsh media industries and address some of the issues raised by the Livingstone Hope Review about universities supporting the development of the games industry in the UK. 

Professor Robertson, Dean of the School commented,“This sub-sector is a key part of the creative industries in the UK but in Wales, proportionally, there are few companies and approximately only 100 people employed, well below the UK sector average for employment.” 

He continued,“Recent consultation with companies has highlighted there is lack of expertise in computer games content development.  The aim is to stimulate new product development of games content within existing media companies in Wales.  Last year the computer games market generated£3.31 billion for the UK economy, with video games software sales accounting for£1.62 billion.“

Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA“ is delighted to support Gameslab Wales and the future content creation and development in Wales.  TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business, and higher education plays an important role in making it a reality.“

GamesLab Wales will aim to

•   produce digital games prototypes to demonstrate the commercial potential to leading games publishers,

•   broker relationships between existing companies, academia, and the games industry associations, to promote open innovation; and,

•   provide work based experiential learning opportunities for graduates to develop the next generation of games developers in Wales.

The project is associated with the University’s Medialab initiative which has to date been given£866,434 of grant funding and will be formally opened by the First Minister in September.

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The University of Glamorgan is the second largest University in Wales with over 22,000 students studying a comprehensive range of programmes from the Creative Industries in its new state-of the-art Cardiff campus through to Aeronautical Engineering. The University is currently investing over£130m in facilities across its campuses.

About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have games publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership. TIGA was awarded‘Trade Association of the Year’ and the‘Member Recruitment Award’ at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2010. TIGA has also been named as a finalist in the 2010 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) National Management and Leadership Awards in the category of‘The Outstanding Organisation of the Year Award (SME)’. TIGA is an Investors in People organisation.

TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business.  We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members.  This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.

For further information, please contact Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on 07875939643: or email richard.wilson@tiga.org; or contact David Hodges on 02070911653 


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