Leamington Spa games hub set to create 500 new jobs
Leamington Spa – dubbed the Silicon Valley of game development in the UK – is set to create 500 more industry jobs over the next two years.
The Warwickshire town has become something of a hot spot for tapping up talent in the country.
Research conducted among local video games companies in the area has found a multitude of work opportunities are set to open up in the future.
The figures have arrived following Ukie’s regional impact report which found Leamington Spa is one of the largest gaming hubs in the UK.
It listed eight towns where the games industry generates mores than $60 million in GVA including Edinburgh, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Crawley & Horsham, Manchester, Guildford, Slough & Heathrow and, of course, London.
Interactive Futures last week hosted a conference to celebrate the country’s thriving industry. The organisers of the event conducted a poll on the leading local games development studios to better understand the upcoming opportunities that will emerge in the next two years.
It discovered roughly 500 roles will be created in the fields of artists, designers, producers, programmers and engineers.
“Leamington Spa is representative of the ‘roots’ of the UK video games community, an industry that contributes around £2.8 billion in GVA to the UK economy,” said Sarah Windrum, chair of the CWLEP Digital Creative Business Group and board director at the CWLEP.
“The region boasts some of the ‘godfathers’ of the global games sector and it is testament to the talent and creativity of the area that we are continuing to attract businesses to the region – all keen to benefit from the buzz that Leamington Spa’s games circle has to offer.
“It’s rare to hear of such a flurry of new job opportunities in one place, so the news that here in Leamington Spa we’ll have up to 500 new vacancies is great for the region and the local community.”
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