Oct 7, 2013
The Scottish Games Network formed ten years ago, but has just launched as a video games trade body for Scotland.
The founder, Brian Baglow, has stated the organisation will be not-for-profit, with a membership fee for those organisations or companies that join the network.
The new network aims to unify video game businesses within the region, including developers, retailers, universities, and everything inbetween. Brian said “we are now in the position where there are multiple organisations interacting with the games sector, from government, parliament and the public sector, to the wider digital, screen and creative industries.” This should help to create one point of contact for all types of businesses within the industry.
Within the UK, there are two other similar networks, including TIGA and UKIE. Yet there is a lot of furore around them, with UKIE refusing mergers and the like, despite industry outcries. Brian Baglow acknowledges this, explaining “one of the reasons I’m doing this is because we’ve got all these big organisations, but there seems to be little communication or overall strategy going on. And I think that’s sorely needed. So it’s designed to be as open and inclusive as possible.”
Despite these other organisations, the Scottish Games Network is not looking to copy them entirely. Baglow states “I’m focusing on are the specific differences in Scotland. So, if its tax breaks, the issues of piracy, advocacy of the UK as a whole, absolutely I want to help. And hopefully what I can do is feed into both the organisations and say here’s all the data that you need. You’ve now got a resource in Scotland that you can use.” They look to help the othe trade bodies with local data, and support them wherever possible. They will seek new partnerships, and collaborate with other corporations to ensure innovation and creativity in Scotland, and the UK.
Their website lays out that “in 2012 the was at least one game released every week by development studios in Scotland – and that number is growing.” That’s a lot of games coming from a relatively small country.
Baglow stated “our goal is, very simply, to help the country’s games industry grow and prosper”. This sounds like very good news for the British Games Industry, who have been developing quality titles for years, such as LittleBigPlanet and Burnout. The UK is the third biggest video game market in the world, and the largest within Europe. This news comes out after the colossal success of Grand Theft Auto V, developed by Rockstar North, based in Edinburgh. Surprisingly, they are the studio behind the iconic Lemmings game.
Although representing Scotland specifically, they are looking to support the wider UK industry. With such recent success, and trade bodies looking to increase industry trade and revenue, Britain is looking to firmly establish itself firmly in the gaming world.