The MediaGuardian today reports
on the UK games industry's dismay at plans to create a gaming hub in - wait, you've guessed it - London.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not doubting the level of talent in London, but like many other commentators I do want to point out that it's not the centre of the earth. Dundee may have taken a knock lately (although there's a wider industry trend at play, with employment dropping 9%) but it still has a world-famous games and digital sector.
Just as TV indies outside of London face a difficult challenge, so too do the many other regional centres of gaming expertise highlighted by Tiga (Dundee, Edinburgh, York, Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Brighton) and the kind of support that's required is support that reflects the nature of the industry, not desperately grasps at some media-friendly notion of creating a super-hub to rival Silicon Valley.
Since half of gaming jobs lost to the UK go abroad to countries with tax breaks, TIGAs proposal for tax relief across the UK is not an unreasonable one, and it is at least based on some actual research. The Scottish Government's Digital Inspiration report - compiled by industry representatives in Scotland and led by Channel 4's Stuart Cosgrove - also proposed tax breaks, starting in Dundee with a view to rolling out across the UK.
Stuart is now leading Channel 4's new Creative Diversity team, which extends the focus of the previous Nations & Regions department to look not just at regional diversity of production, as is the issue here, but also ethnic, social, sexual and racial diversity. It's working with a number of Scottish digital companies - Blipfoto on a photography competition, Storm ID on the Film4 site, Keo on Landshare, Mint Scotland on Quotables, Dynamo and Tag on iPhone apps, and many more.
Those are a few examples of Scottish digital talent but of course there are many many more. Is your company thriving against the odds? Resist the 'Scottish cringe' and post a comment about it below. It's Friday and 38minutes needs a bit of positivity for the weekend!
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