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UK Gaming Industry

Get to know the UK’s Video Game Industry and the studios, publishers and software developers pushing the boundaries of interactive entertainment. View our sector summary, see growth potential and download our free report today.

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What is the Gaming industry?

Today the UK’s video game industry encompasses all aspects of the gaming lifecycle, from software and game development to the publishing and advertising of the finished product.

Whilst video games have been around decades, the industry has seen huge growth and innovation in the past 10 years, with the increase in console (PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo), PC, mobile and immersive gaming helping to surpass the film and music industries when it comes to market size.

A broad and thriving sector, when we talk about the gaming economy, this includes a wide range of job roles and functions, including programmers, software developers, animators, marketers, graphic designers and much more. Some examples of companies within the video game market include development studios, media agencies, technology providers and publishers.

Gaming sector summary

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Here are the key facts about the Gaming sector. The sector has a turnover of £11.3bn currently, has received £2.4bn of investment and the sector is growing at 11.7% per year.


Gaming verticals

Our industry data goes deep. See the top verticals and specialisms making waves in the UK Gaming Industry industry today.

Our Gaming RTIC is made up of 5 individual verticals. The top verticals in this sector include Game Development Studios, and Media. You can find out more about the verticals by downloading our RTIC report, or by signing up for a free trial of The Data City platform.

  • Sector Code Description Records
  • RTIC0016 Gaming 1614 companies

    Companies focused on the development, commercialisation, and advertising of video games and allied industries such as gaming events.

    • Gaming: Enabling Technology

      Companies producing software, platforms or devops for game developers

      143 companies
    • Gaming: Game Development Studios

      Companies dedicated to the production of videogames

      763 companies
    • Gaming: Immersive

      Companies that produce immersive games and/or tech that enables immersive gaming

      173 companies
    • Gaming: Media

      Studios that provide animation, character design and/or music to game developers

      632 companies
    • Gaming: Publishers

      Companies dedicated to publishing and supplying videogames to the public

      499 companies

Gaming industry growth

Based on a growth rate of 11.7%, we expect that this sector could be worth £13.2bn by 2024. Below you can see our forecast of the growth of the sector.

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