UK midlands' game industry booming

UK midlands' game industry booming
Michael French

By Michael French

September 10th 2007 at 4:09PM

Growth and expansion of local devs thanks to investment from publishers and government

The British Midlands Development Corporation, an American development agency for central England, has been toasting the growth of the games sector in UK's midlands.

Two key announcements have been key to this growth - namely the expansion of Sega's Racing Studio in Solihull, which plans to add 60 jobs, plus the founding of a Coventry-based technology centre dedicated to Serious Games, set to open at the end of the year and built from $6.6m of local authority money.

Plus, the region is host to a number of games developers, including Codemasters, Blitz, Rare - with a total of 160 interactive media firms being based in the area.

"The introduction of the Serious Games Institute will help drive the next commercial phase of the gaming industry, which lies in simulation, defense, education, and training," said Vern Sebby, president and CEO of The British Midlands Development Corporation, "Before long, all gaming companies will have serious gaming divisions."

"The interactive media industry in the Midlands is thriving," said Mary Rabatin, the Chicago based VP of the US Central Region for The British Midlands Development Corporation. "This is due in large part to the access companies have to extremely creative and talented specialist staff.

"Digital media companies know that they won't have a problem attracting
talent in the British Midlands."