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Video Games

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on the UK video games industry. (295296)

We have not carried out an assessment of the impact of the recession on the UK video games industry. However, industry evidence suggests that the UK games sector continues to demonstrate remarkable success with total sales of £4.034 billion in 2008, a rise of 23 per cent. from 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the economic growth rate in the UK video games industry has been in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the likely rate of growth in 2009-10. (295297)

Accurate data on the video and computer games sector are not readily available to the Department, particularly as the sector has not had its own separate Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code. A new SIC code for computer games has now been agreed though this will not deliver data until 2010 at the earliest.

We do not project future trends of the markets but, according to industry figures, since 2004 the UK Video Games industry has experienced modest growth of around 4 per cent. per annum and this is projected to continue to 2011.

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Oxford Economics 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the contribution of the video games industry to the UK’s gross domestic product in each of the last five years; and what the estimated contribution is for 2009-10. (295298)

Accurate data on the video and computer games sector are not readily available to the Department, particularly as the sector has not had its own separate Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code. A new SIC code for computer games has now been agreed though it will not deliver data until 2010 at the earliest.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many people were employed in the UK video games industry in each of the last five years; (295299)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of redundancies in the UK video games industry in the last 12 months.

Accurate data on the video and computer games sector are not readily available to the Department, particularly as the sector has not had its own separate Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code. A new SIC code for computer games has now been agreed though this will not deliver data until 2010 at the earliest.

DCMS does not hold employment data of this kind.