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Scotland's games industry

There are many excellent reasons to locate in Scotland, but here are some of the most popular:

  • Skilled, talented and creative people. Scotland's educational establishments offer courses covering all elements of games development ensuring a steady stream of new talent.
  • A swiftly expanding creative industries sector. Convergence of sectors like digital media and augmented reality mean opportunities are growing as fast as the sector.
  • A dynamic and connected cluster of over one hundred games companies. Scotland's games companies can take credit for titles such as Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings, APB Reloaded and Bloons.
  • Stunning scenery coupled with excellent transport links make for an excellent quality of life.
  • A low-cost location. Software developer costs are over 40% lower than places such as London and California.
Glasgow School of Art Digital Studio

Scotland's skill set

From graduates leaving games specific courses to highly experienced companies like Axis Animation, Scotland has a workforce made up of well-qualified and talented software developers.

The Universities of Abertay, the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier, all offer Skillset accredited courses in games. Additionally, Glasgow Caledonian University and the Scottish Art Schools offer courses aligned to the games industry.

The combination of well-trained graduates and successful companies willing to share their expertise through collaboration gives us a versatile and enthusiastic bank of talent.

"Most important for a business like us is available talent"

Why Outplay set up in Scotland

A talented workforce and SDI support persuaded Outplay to set up in Scotland. From their base in Dundee, they have collaborated on one of the world's most successful mobile games franchises.

Why Scotland was the perfect location for Outplay

Creative Clyde area

Large creative clusters

Scotland's creative industries sector employs 65,000 people and has an annual turnover of £5 billion per year. Games developers range from large, globally successful studios such as Rockstar North to fledgling innovators like Deuxality.

A primary focus of Scotland's digital strategy is the creation of skills clusters. Glasgow's waterfront 'Creative Clyde' area is home to the three mainstream broadcasters in the UK and has over 350,000 square feet of custom built space for digital companies. Businesses locating here are also able to claim back 100% of business rates tax.

Why Scotland?

Outplay and eeGeo are among the many companies choosing to set up in Scotland.

“One of the reasons for locating in Dundee was to be close to the excellent universities that we have here. We established connections with Abertay, Napier and Edinburgh Universities. The speed at which we have been able to find extraordinarily talented people across all the disciplines that matter to us (technology, engineering, creative, production) we were able to staff up far faster than we ever anticipated.” 

Douglas Hare, CEO & Richard Hare, president of Outplay Entertainment

“Scotland is justifiably proud of a rich heritage of critically acclaimed gaming franchises and, consequently, continues to benefit from a tightly-networked development community and an exceptional pool of experienced talent. Particularly with the support from SE and SDI in building successful businesses and promoting them globally, Scotland continues to be a great place for games companies to invest in their futures.”

Phil Wilson, studio director of eeGeo

Get access to finance and funding

Benefit from a range of incentives, tax reliefs, and funding mechanisms to support R&D. Take your project to the next level with our support.

R&D Tax Credits

Scotland offers substantial tax relief for research and development. The tax credit scheme can help you:

  • Create new, competitive products, services and processes
  • Find and access new markets
  • Provide high-quality skilled jobs

Patent Box

Benefit from a 10% Corporation Tax rate on any profits from commercialising your UK or EU patent in Scotland.

R&D Grants

Scotland also provides R&D grants to support industrial research and experimental development.

Finance from Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise runs a variety of programmes for companies that want to set up in Scotland, including Seed, Venture and Loan Funds, a Co-investment Fund and various smaller, focused programmes.

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Get the right business support

We can give your company all the help you need to invest in Scotland.

We will work with you closely before, during and after your investment, helping you to find the right:

  • Premises
  • Staff
  • Funding
  • Partners and suppliers

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Discover a Scotland full of wonderful surprises – an international Scotland in so many guises.

International sector head - Mark Newlands

Glasgow's got one of the finest 3D animation studios in Europe, and the fastest-selling game in history was made in Edinburgh. Then there's Dundee, which plays host to a growing cluster of games companies, from excitable start-ups to established players.

Scotland's games are played by millions all over the world. To find out more about why making games in Scotland makes sense for your business, contact us.

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