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Scottish Parliament computer games group welcomed by Abertay University

For immediate release: Tuesday 20 December

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Proposals to form a Cross-Party Group on the Computer Games Industry in the Scottish Parliament represent a positive move that deserves widespread engagement, the University of Abertay Dundee said today (Tuesday 20 December).

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Computer games are a high-value, high-growth industry with significant potential to drive economic growth through exports, attracting domestic and international investment, and creating new intellectual property.

The group recently elected Joe FitzPatrick MSP (SNP) as Convener and Mary Scanlon MSP (Conservative) and Jenny Marra MSP (Labour) as co-Vice Conveners.

Abertay University is an international leader in educating computer games developers and launched the world’s first Computer Games Technology degree. Abertay also runs a Prototype Fund for investing in new companies and new game ideas.

Dr Louis Natanson, who leads computer games education at Abertay, said:“We warmly welcome moves to establish a Cross-Party Group on the Computer Games Industry in the Scottish Parliament.

“The computer games industry is an important employer in Scotland, but most importantly this a sector with huge potential for the future.

“Games are a fast-growing multi-billion pound industry where we already punch above our weight. The opportunity to take a major share in this rapidly changing sector should not be missed.”

Paul Durrant, Director of Business Development at Abertay, added:“There are lots of important issues for this Cross-Party Group to address, including how we can create the most supportive business environment for new companies and new investment.

“What our economy needs is decisive, coordinated action that brings politicians, industry and educators all together to work together. We hope to see both the UK trade bodies associated with games development contribute to the work of the group as well as the views of many of the small independent studios and new start-ups that aren’t yet members of a trade body.”

Surrounding Abertay University in Dundee is a cluster of innovative games companies working on console, online, mobile phone and social networking games.

The past year has seen a surge in the formation of new companies, including those launched through the Abertay University Prototype Fund. This initiative puts up to?25,000 into new business ideas, to help them establish themselves and attract further investment.

The Cross-Party Group on the Computer Games Industry is currently proposed and awaiting final approvals.

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