Video games graduates have more than doubled in the UK over the past five years

Gamer grads in fine company after 116 per cent increase over the last five years

Video games graduates have more than doubled in the UK over the past five years

The number of students in the UK to graduate with a video game-related degree has shot up by 116 per cent over the past five years within the UK.

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency the amount of people to achieve the feat in 2016/17 was 1,290. Comparably the figure represents a massive increase in the 595 graduates in 2012/13.

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The increasing number of graduates is accompanied by growth in the UK games industry as a whole. The growth of seven per cent per annum has in-turn led to the need for people with university education and industry-ready skills to fill the new roles.

“It is great to see that more students than ever are graduating in video games courses from the UK’s world-class universities,” said TIGA’s CEO Richard Wilson.

"With our sector growing at an impressive seven per cent a year, there is high demand for skilled graduates.

“We need to continue to increase the supply of highly skilled games graduates, encourage more women to consider a career in the sector and work with our universities to ensure that the UK is the best place in the world to develop video games.”

Staff Writer

Iain is a freelance writer based in Scotland with a penchant for indies and all things Nintendo. Alongside PocketGamer.Biz, he has also appeared in Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun, PCGamesN and VG24/7.


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