Tiga survey offers UK studio stat-burst

Tiga survey offers UK studio stat-burst
Michael French

By Michael French

August 9th 2010 at 11:34AM

Information overload! New 'State of the UK Video Games Development Sectorâ?? report relays industry snapshot

Tiga has released details from its yearly industry survey.

The topline facts - detailed below - show 'the incredible diversity that exists in the development community' the organisation says.

Tiga plans to release key stats every day this week.

Key findings from the report show that...

- The average size of an independent developer is 51. The average size of an independent developer who also publishes games is 45. The average size of a publisher owned studio is 245.

- Games development businesses on average employ a workforce comprising 88 per cent male and 12 per cent female.

- 12 per cent of the UK games development workforce is on average non-UK citizens.

- The average mean turnover of an independent development studio that develops games was £3,130,600. The equivalent figures for independent developers that also publish games and for in-house, publisher owned studios were £4,055,000 and £15,500,000 respectively.

- The average UK game development business has been in operation for 7 years.

- On average, developers surveyed spent £570,800 to develop a game over the last year. This figure is based on the cost of developing games on all types of platforms. There is a large difference between independent developers (£897,700), independent developers who also publish games (£133,700) and publisher owned studios (£3,000,000).

- For 72 per cent of UK game developers surveyed, the USA constitutes one of their most important geographical markets. For 44 per cent of developers, the UK is regarded as one of their most important market. 41 per cent cited the rest of the EU, excluding the UK, as one of their most vital markets.


Dr. Richard Wilson TIGA CEO stated: “The State of the UK Video Games Development Sector Report is intended to provide the games industry with an accurate set of data that can be used to shape a model of the sector as a whole.

"The report clearly showed the incredible diversity that exists in the development community from size of studio to location, genre of game and distribution method. Games development is a real UK success story, we have an immensely talented workforce and we are at the cutting edge of changes in technology and business practices.”