Video gaming comes to Holyrood


Over the festive season, children and adults alike will be entertained by some of the leading edge technology created by the video games industry. But MSPs will have the opportunity to see for themselves the innovation that goes into producing video games at an event in the Scottish Parliament next week.

The event, on Wednesday 7 January, will help inform an inquiry that the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee is currently holding into the economic impact of the creative industries, focussing on the role of the video games and TV and film sectors.

MSPs will have the opportunity to speak to video games developers, hear about the issues facing the sector and try out some of the innovative technology at the heart of the success of this industry.

Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, Murdo Fraser, MSP said:

“The video games industry plays a vital role in the Scottish economy, particularly in areas such as Edinburgh and Dundee, where a number of leading developers are based.

“This event will let MSPs experience the exciting and innovative technology that the video games industry in Scotland has pioneered and provides an opportunity to talk to developers about what more can be done to support them.”


Companies including Cobra Mobile, Polybius Games, Guerilla Tea, Ludometrics, Fanduel, Team Rock, Outplay, Hidden Armada, Reloaded Productions and the Scottish Games Network/UKIE will take part in this event.

The Committee issued a call for views asking the following:

  • The role of public sector agencies and the effectiveness of the support they provide.
  • The role of private sector investment in supporting the video games and the TV and film sectors.
  • How the issues that hinder the growth of creative industries can be overcome and how to capitalise on opportunities.
  • How to retain in Scotland those with the necessary creative skills.
  • How to support those in the TV and film and video games industries to develop business skills.
  • Examples of successful international strategies for growing these sectors.

The deadline for response is 8 January 2015.

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