Games development trade association Tiga has heralded last week's publication of the Develop 100 as proof that the UK remains a key territory for games development.
We unveiled the results of our yearly listing last week. Although Nintendo and other Japanese companies increased their clout, UK and European studios were shown to be in good health also. (Read more about the results here.)
Tiga's three founding members - Blitz Games, Kuju Entertainment and Rebellion - all made it into the 100, with Rebellion's rise to number 16 making them Europe's leading independent developer (according to our listing, which is based on UK retail sales of title by every one of the world's game studios in 2007).
The association's CEO, Richard Wilson, said that "The Develop 100 results confirm the strength of the UK games development sector.
"We are very proud of all UK games developers and wish to congratulate Tiga members whose hard work and success has given them a place in Develop 100.
“Tiga’s purpose is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. Development is a significant creative and economic force in contemporary Britain and has the potential to be a continuing success story for the UK."
Chris Kingsley of Rebellion added: "The games industry has grown exponentially over the past 15 years. Thanks to Tiga, many games businesses have adapted and grown significantly. Tiga brings valuable benefits to developers of all sizes, either independent or publisher-owned, ensuring that the UK continues to produce some of the best games developers in the world.”
Rebellion co-founder Jason Kingsley added: "Rebellion was a founder of Tiga and we’ve always been committed to supporting and building Tiga’s offering. In turn, Tiga has been our voice in addressing many issues affecting studios at both the governmental and publisher level. Tiga is an essential part of UK PLC and we’re happy to be a partner with them in support of UK developers."
Click here to read more about the Develop 100.