The UK game industry consists of 1,902 companies that have an economic value of £1.72bn.
That’s according to data from NESTA and UKIE and double the previous estimates of 2011 and 2012. The reason for the change in value has been driven by an alteration in how the industry is being measured, no-longer is it using official SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) data because so many games companies do not put themselves under the right codes. Instead, researched combed online product directors like MobyGames and Metacritic to create a list of companies.
The report also found that the majority of companies (around half) specialise in iOS games. There has been a 22 per cent increase in new games companies, and that there are 18 game industry clusters, including in areas such as Brighton, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Guildford and Aldershot, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield and Rotherham, and Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon.
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