Date lodged: 21 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to help develop the video game industry.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 10 July 2017
The development of the video games sector in Scotland is led by Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.
Creative Scotland is developing the video games industry through two main routes - firstly through support for projects that fit the criteria of its Open Project Funding and secondly through its Creative Industries Strategy (http://www.creativescotland.com/resources/our-publications/plans-and-strategy-documents/creative-industries-strategy-2016-17). This strategy works across all 16 sub-sectors of the creative industries, including video games, and makes low-cost targeted interventions that are designed to grow sustainable creative businesses across sectors or places.
In the last 4 years (to the end of 2015-2016) Scottish Enterprise has invested nearly £10 million (£9.8 million) in 38 video games companies of which more than half (£5.5 million) was through the Scottish Investment Bank and the remainder largely split between innovation grants and regional selective assistance.