We're already a home for games companies
Scotland is home to over 100 developers and games companies, from innovative home-grown companies 4J Studios to multinational giants like Rockstar North.
Additionally, a large number of games companies are located in and around Dundee and Central Scotland. This close network lets games companies keep in touch, and share resources and expertise, helping them to grow and develop new opportunities through collaboration.
After meeting at a ChinaJoy event, Edinburgh based developers Reloaded Productions and Blazing Griffin found an opportunity to work and grow together.
Aided by the short distance between their offices, Michael Boniface from Reloaded Productions was able to join Blazing Griffin’s board as a non exec director, enabling both companies to learn from each other and provide expertise when it comes to developing products.
Setting up in Scotland
We also provide specialised support to companies looking to set up in Scotland. Whether you're looking for properties, partners, or the right recruits, Scottish Development International can help.
We're developing tomorrow's talent
We don't just develop games in Scotland, we also develop the talented workforce that's essential to the success of the Scottish games industry, and to companies such as Outplay Entertainment according to Outplay CEO Douglas Hare, and President Richard Hare.
"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."
While the University of Abertay in Dundee offered the world’s first MSc in Computer Games Technology, they're not the only institution in Scotland to offer courses that provide graduates who are looking to work in the games industry with the skills and experience they need to excel.
University of Abertay
The University of Abertay works closely
with the Scottish and UK digital media sector to ensure
that graduates from its courses have relevant and
current professional skills. They also provide opportunities
to support career development in programming, art
and design, QA practitioner certification, business
development and leadership.
Additionally, Abertay is home to the £2.5 million White Space research and
enterprise facility, which as well as housing state of the art facilities, is home to the University's Institute of Arts, Media, and Computer Games, and the internationally recognised Dare to be Digital competition.
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and
Design has been rated as the top art and design institution
in Scotland and one of the highest rated in the UK for the quality and excellence of its research.
College is a fertile recruiting ground for Scotland’s
animation companies and its Media Arts and Imaging
School offers highly regarded Masters degrees in
Electronic Imaging and Animation and Visualisation.
The Digital Design Studio
The Digital Design Studio (DDS) is a postgraduate research
and commercial centre of Glasgow School of Art.
Its learning and research environment exploits the
interface between science, technology and the arts to
explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital
visualisation and interaction technologies.
It has a large portfolio of projects with business and industry
in Scotland, the UK and Europe, centred on expertise
in real-time 3D visualisation, 3D sound, modelling and
We're here to support your business
If you're looking to make the move over to Scotland, you won't be on your own. We can offer financial support, as well as advice to companies looking to set up in Scotland, with Phil Wilson, Studio Director for eeGeo stating:
“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 Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International in building successful businesses and promoting them globally, Scotland continues to be a great place for games companies to invest in their futures."
Regional Selective Assistance
Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) is a national grant
scheme administered by the Scottish Government.
Open to both Scottish companies and companies looking to set up in Scotland, it's aimed at encouraging investment and job creation in Scotland.
RSA is a discretionary grant scheme, so there's a number of criteria to be met for an application to be successful. The amount offered depends on the size of your business, location of the project and our assessment of how much is needed for the project go ahead.
Video games tax relief
As part of the creative industries tax reliefs, video games development relief means that you could get a payable tax credit worth 25 percent of qualifying production costs.
To qualify for video games tax relief, your game needs to be certified as British. This can be done by making an application through the BFI's cultural test for video games.
attract highly skilled professional to choose Scotland as a location
to live and work, TalentScotland offers news and information on:
- job opportunities
- Scotland’s key sectors
- the lifestyle in Scotland
- practical information to help you make the move
TalentScotland also allows employers to advertise their
vacancies at no cost, and provides advice and support on issues such as recruitment, and immigration.
Where do I go next?
If you're looking to make the move to Scotland, your first port of call should be our inward investment experts at Scottish Development International.
Why not contact us, and we'll help you to achieve your ambitions.