North East England has a strong, fast growing gaming cluster.
Almost 50 specialist gaming companies are backed by more than 70 university and college courses specifically for the gaming sector.
Among the overseas investors making their home in our region are US firm Oculus, owned by Facebook, who are making North East England their European development centre for virtual reality technology.
French gaming giant Ubisoft – creator of the hugely popular Assassin’s Creed title – has established a base in our region, attracted by one of the lowest cost locations in the UK and Western Europe with typical savings of £1m per annum compared to London for a 25-person games studio.
Ubisoft, the world’s third largest producer of video games, is employing 220 people at its Newcastle studio and a further 120 at its EMEA customer relationship centre, recruiting talented local employees.
Our gaming cluster is based in a region renowned for its thriving cultural scene, restaurants and bars. Newcastle was named by Guardian and Observer readers in 2014 as the best UK city to visit. Northumbria and Newcastle Universities are rated by students as top UK universities for nightlife.
Our region has many specialist properties for gaming companies to locate and extensive financial support for the vibrant sector makes North East England a highly attractive location for games developers.