Scotland’s video games industry is a success story we need to build on – Scotsman commentary

Candy Crush is a favorite form of entertainment for many public transport commuters (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Activision Blizzard, which is responsible for games such as Call of Duty, Candy Crush and World of Warcraft, may have been swallowed up by Microsoft, but it’s a global giant in its own right, creating high-paying, skilled jobs for a large number of people. .

Gaming has long since ceased to be the preserve of teenagers, with many adults entertaining themselves in this way, perhaps especially on their phones while commuting, and it’s increasingly becoming part of our culture. daily. For example, the “floss” dance craze took off largely because it appeared in the 2017 video game Fortnite Battle Royale.

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So it seems to be an industry that’s only just growing, and that’s good news for Scotland, given the large number of gaming companies here. There are now more than 420 companies in the sector, while Scottish universities offer more than 175 gaming-related courses, three of which are ranked in the top 200 in the world, according to Scottish Development International.

The trick will be to create the right conditions to continue to build on what is already a huge success story, a task that should involve close collaboration between industry, the Scottish government and the universities involved.

Whether or not we, as a nation, are good at “chewing” a “bullet sponge” is uncertain. However, it looks like Scotland are good at playing in an economically sound way and, given the potential rewards, we should play to our strengths.

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