Has the UK games industry shrunk?

Wednesday, 15th January 2014 01:32 GMT By Mike Irving

The UK government reported a sharp decline in revenue year-on-year to 2012, but others believe incomplete information was used.

The games industry was estimated to have contributed £540 million to the UK economy in 2012, just over half of its estimated 2011 value of £946 million.

But it’s not all bad news. 2011 was a particularly strong year: looking more long-term, 2012′s revenue was still up compared to 2010 and earlier.

In addition, the number of people working in the industry has increased by 19% from 2011, to around 15,000.

But the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment believes that the estimates, conducted by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, may have been using incomplete data. The UKIE is looking to work with the Office for National Statistics and local developers to ensure the figures are accurate, in order to highlight the importance of the industry in the economy.

Thanks, Games Industry.



  1. Francis O

    When Aliens Colonial Marines is one of the top games sold….yes, your game market has shrunk.

    Pokemon X & Y and Monster Hunter 4 Japanese sales both outsold GTA and Call of Duty’s numbers in the UK.

    Software sales are down across the board, that’s why the UK charts refuse to give the numbers….they’re horrible, that’s why. Japan and US are much bigger markets.

    The UK needs to try to stop separating themselves from the rest of Europe when it comes to the gaming scene.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Joe Musashi

    Good grief.


    #2 11 months ago
  3. GrimRita

    I think the question should be, ‘Is the UK games industry as big as we think?’

    The UK only has several small publishers and developers and those that used to be British are either now owned by Americans or Indians.

    #3 11 months ago

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