It's 2018, and video games consoles and accessories have come a long way since the first Magnavox Odyssey was released in 1972. Industry figures have shown that the UK games market has hit a record target of £5.11 billion in spending in 2017.
In light of this, and to celebrate the BAFTA Games Awards that recently took place, the team at OnBuy wanted to take regional look at the UK games industry.
The British Games Institute revealed the UK is one of the top five video game producing countries in the world, with games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Halo Wars 2 and Hellblade made in Great Britain. But where are our games releasing hotspots located?
The statistics assessed by OnBuy show that, perhaps unsurprisingly, London is home to the majority of games-related companies in the UK. The English capital is home to around 630 companies that develop or publish video games. This represents 28% of all the UK's games companies. Companies like Rocksteady Studios, responsible for developing the Batman Arkham series, and Slightly Mad Studios (Project CARS and Project CARS 2) are both based in London for example.
London also releases the most games of any UK city. In total, the UK has released a total of around 19,617 games, and 5,763, or 29%, are produced in London. Regionally speaking, the South East has released 38% of all UK games (or 7,386 games), with Brighton being named as the South East's game releasing hotspot, being responsible for 244 of the region's games, followed by Oxford, who have released 230 games. Oxford for example is home to the popular Sniper Elite series, created by developers at company Rebellion.
Other important regions in the UK for releasing games include the East of England, which has so far released 1,474 games (or 8% of the UK's total), followed by the North West at 1,176 games (or 6%) and the West Midlands, where a total of 1,014 games have been released (5%).
The Top Game-Releasing Cities in the UK REVEALED
20 million of the UK's 6 to 64-year-old population (that's a whopping 42%) play video games online and offline, and according to the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE), UK gamers play the most hours per week compared to gamers in France, Germany, and Spain, at 8.9 hours gaming a week (compared to 6, 8.1 and 6.2 hours respectively).
Not only are UK gamers prolific, UK game developers are too, with the UK being named as one of the top five video game producing countries in the world. Here is the definitive top 10 list of UK cities, ordered by the number of games they have released:
533 games released
288 games released
244 games released
230 games released
181 games released
167 games released
164 games released
161 games released
156 games released
152 games released
According to UK Interactive Entertainment, or UKie, UK games companies "are spread right across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with economic clusters including Leamington, Sheffield, Dundee and Cardiff".
In fact, Leamington Spa has now been dubbed "Silicon Spa" due to around 75% of the digital companies in the region being gaming companies.
Some of the most notable games that have come out of the UK include:
1. Grand Theft Auto Series: Developed in Scotland by Rockstar North
2. Batman Arkham Series: Developed in London by Rocksteady Studios
3. Sea of thieves: Developed in Twycross by Rare
4. Forza Horizon Series: Developed in Leamington Spa by Playground Games
5. Hellblade: Developed in Cambridge by Ninja Theory
6. Sniper Elite: Developed in Oxford by Rebellion
7. The Burnout Series: Developed in Guildford by Criterion Games
8. Crackdown 2: Developed in Dundee by Ruffian Games
9. Lego Series: Developed in Bolton by Traveller's Tales
10. Football Manager: Developed in London by Sports Interactive