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UK games industry to grow in 2017, but skills are a concern

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NewsHubMost UK games firms plan to expand their workforce in 2017, indicating potential growth in the industry.
According to research by the Tiga network for games developers and digital publishers, 88% of games firms plan to expand their teams over the next year – an increase of 16% from the same time last year.
Half of the UK’s games firms are also looking to invest in their business through research and development, training or by developing new titles over the year.
Richard Wilson, Tiga CEO, said the growth was being driven by an expanding consumer market, the increase in mobile and tablet devices and the new video games tax relief.
“The UK video games development and digital publishing sector is set to grow in 2017,” said Wilson. “The UK is the sixth largest market for games in the world and 31.6 million people in the UK play games. The spread of mobile and tablet devices, the new console generation, the popularity of PC games and the advent of virtual reality and augmented reality are prompting investment in games.

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