How the UK became a major player in the gaming world

Jan 8, 2019 ·

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The UK's gaming industry has just been estimated to be worth £3.86bn - more than video and music combined.

That makes it the fifth largest video game market in the world (or a shed load of "rosebud" cheats on The Sims).

The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), who released those figures, suggests only China, USA, Japan and Germany are making more money from gaming.

So what's helping one of the UK's youngest sectors thrive?

Graeme Struthers, co-founder of UK-based independent games publisher Devolver Digital, puts an element of the UK's success down to the industry forming "very quickly and very early on".

"If you look at the world of music and film, we've always been able to punch way above our weight globally," he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

"I'd consider video games to be in the same category. It's an art form and there's a general attraction to that in this country so we've always been very successful."

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