Games industry lobby group TIGA has released details from a comprehensive survey of 78 UK developers.

The report (entitled “The State of the UK Video Games Development Sector”) finds that UK developers have been in operation for an average of seven years. It also found that the average size of an independent developer was 51 employees (spending an average of £897,700 GBP to develop a title) and the average size of an independent developer that also publishes games to be 45 (spending £133,700 GBP per title.)

Figures for publisher-owned developers were far higher, with an average workforce of 245 spending an average of £3,000,000 GBP on a title. Said workforces are still male-dominated at all developers, with an average of just 12 percent of employees being female.
Publishing appears to be where the money is, as the indies who also publish games have an average mean turnover of £4,055,000 GBP. This compares to an average mean turnover of £3,130,600 at non-publishing indies (who according to the above figures spend far more developing each individual game) and £15,500,000 GBP at in-house, publisher-owned studios.
TIGA CEO Dr. Richard Wilson said that the report is “intended to provide the games industry with an accurate set of data that can be used to shape a model of the sector as a whole.”

Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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