Monday 10 September 2018 7:05 am

UK’s computer games industry grows turnover by a third in a year

The UK’s computer games industry grew by a third in the last year to hit £697m, according to new research published today.

Revenue grew 34 per cent last year to £697m from £522m the previous year, research from online business finance supermarket Funding Options showed.

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The growth has been driven by the popularity of mobile-based games such as Angry Birds Action!, Transformers Earth Wars and Golf Clash, which were all developed by UK-based companies, Funding Options said.

It has also been stimulated by growing demand for games with UK consumers spending 12 per cent more on games in 2017 to hit £5bn.

Founder of Funding Options, Conrad Ford, said: “With a seemingly insatiable consumer appetite for cutting edge, interactive games, there is no reason why the industry’s success cannot continue.

“Provided the UK’s gaming industry remains at the forefront of gaming technology and able to pivot to new platforms as they emerge then growth should continue. However, converting output to new platforms can be capital intensive and impact returns for investors in the short term.

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"While some of the more established developers can invest in their own growth, many of the small development houses need that funding to ‘kick start’ further innovation and ensure future growth.”

Last year’s expansion follows a period of sluggish growth with the UK industry worth £439m in 2013m, £415m in 2014, £489m in 2015 and £522m in 2016.