£10 million cash boost for UK games industry

Specialist development centres in Dundee and Manchester to create hundreds of jobs

The government is expected to invest around £10 million in the UK games industry, creating hundreds of new jobs over the next three years.

£2 million is being pumped into a specialist development centre at Abertay University in Dundee, where students will team with gaming companies to develop new intellectual properties, while another £1m will be given to a linked centre in Manchester.

With added cash from European development fund initiatives, a total of up to £10 million is expected to be invested in the two centres.

Over the next three years the initiative is expected to create 30 new companies and 400 new jobs, while training another 300 workers, reports the BBC.

"This is good news for the UK games industry," said Richard Wilson, CEO of UK developer trade association TIGA. "We particularly welcome the intention to use the funding to invest in prototypes to support new Intellectual Property (IP) development. Finding sources for finance for new IP is difficult at the best of times."