Data provision in the games industry in Scotland

Mullen, H. , Barr, M. and Mason, C. (2019) Data provision in the games industry in Scotland. Project Report. University of Glasgow.

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This project was initiated to explore data-related issues in Scotland’s games industry, an area that has been subject to debate within industry and government. The importance of Scotland’s games industry has been highlighted by both industry and government organisations in Scotland and the UK. The industry’s success is recognised both nationally and internationally and has been used in various guises to promote Scotland, recruit talent and attract inward investment. However, despite this level of interest and visibility, questions have been raised about how accurately the industry is portrayed given some issues with accuracy, availability and relevance of data about the games industry in Scotland. Industry practitioners, support agencies, public bodies and academic organisations have expressed data-related issues in various forums including committee hearings held by the Scottish and UK governments. While data about the industry do exist, there appears to be a lack of accessible public data that can provide the requisite detail, and limited integration of that data which are available. Such issues can negatively impact on decision-making by policy-makers and industry. For example, the 2015 enquiry by the Scottish Government’s Economic Environment and Tourism Committee indicated that a lack of such data resulted in difficulties identifying the economic impact of Scotland’s games industry.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Additional Information:The report authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from Creative Scotland, the University of Glasgow and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which made this project possible.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mason, Professor Colin and Mullen, Dr Helen and Barr, Dr Matthew
Authors: Mullen, H., Barr, M., and Mason, C.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Publisher:University of Glasgow
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Authors

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
775091ESRC-IAA: Data provision in the Games Industry in ScotlandColin MasonEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/M/500471/1BUS - MANAGEMENT