While we all know that video games are big business, not many parents realise the scale of the industry or the opportunities for children to find a career in this space.
When I see my son fastidiously practicing and competing at Rocket League, I can easily fail to encourage him as I would in other sports. Whether it's the long-shot of eSports professional, hard grind of streaming video games for others to watch, or more realistic dreams of being a video game programmer, artists or designer, there are lots of ways we can support our children to make these hopes a reality.
Brilliant news on this front is that we in the UK have a long history of making world class video games. As of June 2018, there are over 2,200 games companies in the UK of all shapes and sizes with world-class talent across the full spectrum of games technologies.
Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) figures combine physical and digital UK games sales. It reports in 2018 video games generated a record £3.86bn, increasing 9.1% on the previous year.
This figure is now greater than that of home music and video sales combined, comprising 51.3% of the overall value of the sector, making the UK games market 1.65 times the size of the video market (£2.3bn) and 2.9 times the size of music (£1.3bn).
In 2016, Electronic Art's FIFA 17 was the highest selling entertainment product selling 2.5m units, approximately 9% more sales than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which sold 2.3m units.
A recent British Film Industry report found that in 2016, the UK games industry provided 47,620 FTE jobs and contributed £2.87bn in Gross Value Added to the UK economy.
We have outlined the opportunities for young people to find their career in the industry in a series of posts that highlight the different directions they can take:Game Designer Game Artists Game Producer Game Coder/Programmer Game Writer Game Performer Game Audio Specialist Game Tester/QA/Localisation Specialist
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