Employment in Scotland’s video games industry grows by 17% in one year

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Cossack s in Scotland? Me neither.

From Insider today:

Employment in Scotland’s video games industry grew by 17% in the 18 months to April 2020, according to new data from trade organisation TIGA. Scotland is the fourth largest games cluster in the UK after London, and the South East and the North West of England. The TIGA research shows that Scotland has 1,803 permanent and full-time equivalent creative staff working on games development in 96 countries. This is up from 84 companies employing 1,537 staff in November 2018. Scotland is home to 7.3 per cent of the UK’s total games companies and 10.7 per cent of its developer headcount – the comparable figures for 2018 were 7.9 per cent and 10.7 per cent, respectively.

https://www.insider.co.uk/news/scottish-video-games-sector-continues-22946712

7 thoughts on “Employment in Scotland’s video games industry grows by 17% in one year”

  1. Scottish universities are doing well with Scottish Gov support. Centres of technology, Oil, Gas and renewables. Leads the way. Just needs CCS up and running. Scotland leads the way in innovation and investment in renewables. Showing the world.

    ‘Scotland the land of invention and discovery’. The Chinese.

    The investment in universities and learning pays off. Scottish Gov support. Student loans, university, colleges and apprenticeships. Investment in technology. Scotland has more universities, pro rata, in the world, 15 in a pop of 5.4Million.

    Scottish invention leads the world. TV, radio, telecommunications. Led onto the internet. Games industry innovation. World class universities.

    Brexit on the horizon could muck Education up. Lecturers and EU reciprocal students not returning. Education and travel broadens the mind. Restrictions are a hazard to international co operation.

    Scotland has a 40 million diaporia and friends all over the world. In the US, Australia, Canada and NZ. People from Scotland work and live worldwide. Great influence in world affairs, including in democracy. The Declaration at Arbroath. The basis of many democratic systems and societies. Including the US founding fathers.

    A great influence on Russia, China. Other influences. Burns, music literature. Philosophers. The 17th C Enlightenment. The Clearances migration.

    A great history, of which to be proud, based on education. One of the first countries in the world to have tertiary education. One of the oldest nations in the world. Soon to be Independent and prosper more again.

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  2. “Cossack s in Scotland? Me neither.”

    Not exactly Cossacks… but….

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/dec/28/origins-of-the-irish-down-to-mass-migration-ancient-dna-confirms

    “The ancestors of the Stone Age farmers began their journey in the Bible lands, where agriculture first began, and arrived in Ireland perhaps via the southern Mediterranean. They brought with them cattle, cereals, ceramics and a tendency to black hair and brown eyes.

    These settlers were followed by people, initially from the Pontic steppe of southern Russia, who knew how to mine for copper and work with gold, and who carried the genetic variant for a blood disorder called haemochromatosis, a hereditary genetic condition so common in Ireland that it is sometimes called Celtic disease.

    These people also brought with them the inherited variation that permits the digestion of milk in maturity – much of the world becomes intolerant to the milk sugar lactose after infancy – and they may even have brought the language that became what is now Irish. Some of them, too, had blue eyes.”

    I think there is a strong chance those people, including ancestors from the Steppes, went to Ireland via the equivalent of the Cairnryan ferry. Some (many?) will have stayed in Scotland.

    ““There was a great wave of genome change that swept into Europe from above the Black Sea into Bronze Age Europe and we now know it washed all the way to the shores of its most westerly island,” said Dan Bradley, professor of population genetics at Trinity College Dublin.

    “And this degree of genetic change invites the possibility of other associated changes, perhaps even the introduction of language ancestral to western Celtic tongues.”

    The Dublin team and colleagues from Queens University Belfast report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the two great changes in European prehistory – the emergence of agriculture and the advance of metallurgy – were not just culture shifts: they came with new blood. An earlier population of hunter gatherers was successively overwhelmed by new arrivals. And in Ireland, these new settlers began to define a nation.”

    And in Scotland, mostly now around Glasgow and Ayrshire.

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  3. Unleash our chains
    Then with proper governance that is equitable in a responsible manner
    Our citizens shall prevail and succeed
    Trust the People
    The future is bright
    And we shall have the colour that is most benefit to all
    And it most certainly NOT ORANGE

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  4. And yet just finished blogging with another ‘proud Scot’ who used the consequences of the failed Darien scheme to somehow prove that Scots are incapable of running their own affairs. For the life of me I cannot understand the small mentality these people have. He of course did not see the irony in comparisons with Brexit yet another ill-conceived idea conjured up by Londoners.

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  5. Universal Suffrage 1928.

    Westminster illegal wars, tax evasion and financial fraud. Kept secret under the Official Secrets Act. Illegal Barnett Formula. Kept secret under Official Secrets Act. The McCrone Report. £Billions wasted.

    Thatcher decimated the Scottish economy and lied about it. Devolution 2000. More equality but not enough. Deliberately sabotaged by the Unionist Parties for personal gain. Cameron, Clegg and Brown lied again for personal gain. No good. They all ended up out. Johnston will be gone.

    Iraq, Dunblane and Lockerbie kept secret for 100 years.

    The UK still one of the most unequal places in the world.

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  6. Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but are there more signs of the historical myths of ‘Great Britishness’ being examined and exposed?

    Published on 26 October, 2020 in New Yorker magazine is a preview of a soon to be published book by Stanford University historian Priya Satia entitled: “Time’s Monster: How History Makes History”. It poses the question: ‘how did the British get to be so blinkered about their own history?’

    The New Yorker article is itself a good read for anyone reflecting on the ‘goodness’ of the UK in the world. It includes this: ‘The public narrative about Britain’s imperial past matters because it is keenly felt to license present injustice. “Our collective amnesia about the legacy of our colonial past is not getting any better,” the writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch observes in her podcast “We Need to Talk About the British Empire.” “We’re engulfed in a sense of denial”.’

    Source: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/11/02/misremembering-the-british-empire

    A second example that comes to mind is the publication in 2018 of Peter Hitchens book: ‘The Phoney Victory: The World War II Delusion”. The blurb notes: “In the years since the declaration of peace in 1945 many myths have sprung up around the conflict in the victorious nations. In this book, Peter Hitchens deconstructs the many fables which have become associated with the narrative of the `Good War’. Whilst not criticising or doubting the need for war against Nazi Germany at some stage. … “ His purpose is stated thus: “In a provocative, but deeply-researched book, Hitchens questions the most common assumptions surrounding World War II, turning on its head the myth of Britain’s role in a `Good War’.” There are some eye-opening ‘claims’ made in this book.

    And by contrast but yet related, I came across this btl on Richard Murphy’s Tax Research blog only a couple of days ago. It’s a short film called ‘ ‘Bombing is the London Way : it’s about a recent example of the nature of the British state and its political class. I can’t vouch for the attribution of all the scenes featuring in the film but the opening sequence alone, of events drawing on archive footage from Westminster, gives a powerful message.

    NOTE: this film contains images from a war zone. They are tragic and very disturbing. Be warned: some might find them too disturbing and prefer not to watch the film!

    Source: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=qunIJD45qz8

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