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Scottish Video Games Sector Going From Strength To Strength

Discussion in 'Researching & Planning your new business' started by selfemployed, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Matt Quinn

    Matt Quinn Caledonian TV
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    Aug 21, 2016
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    The video games industry in Scotland is actually quite mature; there are at least half-a-dozen colleges offering relevant courses, some of which are well in excess of a decade old! What Richard Wilson of TIGA actually said was that more needs to be done... And He's not wrong!

    Tax breaks? I'd suggest looking more closely at:


    ...Frankly, it's completely irrelevant to most people working in the CIs, and benefits mainly very large money-men-driven projects. The vast majority of workers in the CIs generally are freelancers working on their own. And if you're in that position you'll be lucky if HMRC or the government give you bloody peace to get on with it! - Certainly, don't look for help or a handout; unless you're one of the 'special bairns' who went to the right public school and who's daddy knows who to talk to!

    - The games industry has flourished purely off the back of the talent and efforts of the people involved; literally pulling themselves up by the bootstraps. It's not a sector I have any interest in, but more power to them!

    Scotland is the fasted growing 'cluster' in this sector, with much of the talent being home grown. But the painful truth is like all the CIs it's grossly over-subscribed, small, and very difficult to get work in! Also, across all the CIs there has been a shift out of London (pricing itself out of the market) which has benefited many other parts of the UK. - That's to be welcomed and encouraged.


    I'm not 100% on-song with this chap, maybe about 70%. - 'Creative Scotland' are more part of the problem than any glimmer of solution; a bunch of delusional - often irrelevant - wasters swanning around in fantasy land. They should be shut down; tomorrow if possible! And the harsh reality is that "film" - glamorous and exciting as it apparently is - isn't really a big part of the overall scene; not as far as nuts and bolts employment goes anyway.

    There will be a half-decent sized studio complex built at Straiton soon... Off the back of private investment and effort. Not entirely unsupported by the the Scottish government in a practical sense, but off the back of people's personal efforts. 'film', in the broadest sense, seems to be doing quite well in Scotland... Though some of the more traditional producers seem to be struggling to get things done right!