New Prototype Fund For UK Game Developers Announced

Good news everybody! The UK's game development sector, which has often lacked access to public funding for projects and concepts, can now take advantage of the new Video Games Prototype Fund, which launched today. The fund will allocate £4,000,000 via £25,000 grants over the next four years to small, independent studios, to enable developers to create initial game prototypes and... Continue Reading →

Scottish Parliament Committee Explores Impact Of Games Industry

Last week, the Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee held the first part of it's investigation into the economic impact of the creative industries - including games. The committee is gathering evidence, both written and from industry witnesses, exploring if and how government intervention might help the creative industries grow, thrive and achieve more.... Continue Reading →

UK Games Companies Can Now Begin Claiming Tax Relief

Video games companies across the UK can now begin claiming tax relief on their production costs, as the government’s cultural regulations came into force on the 19 August 2014. With tax relief only available for companies producing games that are certified as culturally British, this milestone marks the completion of the legislation and will see the first companies begin... Continue Reading →

Scottish Parliament Dares To Support Games Sector

The Scottish government has been a vocal supporter of the video games and interactive industry in Scotland for the last several years. In addition to supporting tax breaks prior to Westminster, it has directly supported the inclusion of foreign teams in Dare to be Digital, created a cross-party group on videogames and has recognised the... Continue Reading →

The Scottish Games Network Launches As Scotland’s Video Games Industry Body

Believe it or not, it's nearly ten years since the Scottish Games Network first launched.  In 2005 we created a simple Yahoo group to help the growing number of game developers keep in touch.  It's grown since then to become a dedicated website and a community spread over all of the significant social channels. It's... Continue Reading →

An Introduction To Scotland’s Games Industry For Governments

Back in May, the second Cross-Party Group On Video Games Technology took place at Holyrood.  It was very well attended, with four MSPs in the room, along with representatives from UKIE and TIGA and around 20 companies from across the country. The structure of the meeting was a little disjointed, as only a few days... Continue Reading →

The Future Of Games In Scotland – Live on TV

Scotland Tonight, STV's flagship news programme featured a brief discussion on the future of Scotland's games industry last night. Featuring Interactive Scotland's Alisdair Gunn, industry commentator, writer, comedian and gamer, Robert Florence and your editor (Brian Baglow, me...), the discussion covered the current state of the games industry, the issues it faces and how it... Continue Reading →

Scottish Parliament Asks Questions About Diversity Within The Games Industry

The issue of diversity and the role of women in games and technology is something which has been much in the news over the last few weeks.  From highs and lows of GDC, to the wider issue of women's role in technology, it's an issue which has been gaining momentum in the recent past. So... Continue Reading →

Scottish Government Cross Party Group On Videogames Technology Announces New Convenor & Next Meeting

The cross-party group on videogames technology was started in early 2012 by MSP Joe Fitzpatrick.  The group met in March that same year - while GDC was on - yet still attracted a standing room only crowd, to hear from speakers including Denki's Colin Anderson, Scottish Enterprise  and TIGA. The group's initial meeting was more... Continue Reading →

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