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What's there

Dundee is home to a thriving games sector – in fact the world’s fastest selling game, Grand Theft Auto, was developed here by DMA Design.

Many other indie developers are based in the city, from Denki and Biome Collective to Outplay Entertainment – the city’s largest developer with more than 150 employees.

Abertay University and its Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education turn out a healthy supply of graduates each year. This year marks two decades since Abertay University became the first in the world to offer a degree-level qualification in computer games development.

Close links have been forged between the creative and digital sectors too. Take NEoN Digital Arts Festival, for example, or Fleet Collective, a co-working space and agency bringing together the art, design and publishing sectors.

What's new

2016 saw Dundee selected to run the UK Games Fund programme, in recognition of the city’s excellence in games development. Meanwhile, Creative Dundee, a network organisation supporting the creative and digital sectors, launched its digital platform.

Collaborations with spinouts from the University of Dundee’s renowned life sciences department are on the rise. Examples include ‘Play to Cure: Genes in Space’ a free mobile game using players to analyse real genetic data.

What's up next

Developments include the £1 billion transformation of Dundee City Waterfront. At the heart of this development, is the V&A Museum of Design, due to open in 2018. The museum will run a design-led business innovation strand, which will act as a design and innovation hub.

  • Colin Anderson

    Managing Director, Denki

    What we do

    Denki is Dundee’s longest-established independent game developer, having released over 150 games for more than 30 of the world’s biggest brands since opening in 2000.

    Why Dundee?

    Dundee has a renowned history of pioneering creative industries and continues to attract talent from all over the world. This has made the area fertile soil for establishing and growing new creative businesses, such as computer game development.

  • Chris Martin

    CEO, Waracle

    What we do

    Waracle is one of the UK’s largest and most experienced mobile and IoT specialists. We work with some of the largest UK and European companies across industries including fintech, digital health and energy. Waracle is part of the Exception Ltd Group.

    Why Dundee?

    Waracle has been able to grow throughout the UK with the strong support of our Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh teams. Creativity and innovation thrive in these cities. The talent that comes from the leading computer science universities, including Dundee, Abertay, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt, has enabled us to keeping pushing for leading-edge mobile apps and IoT developments.

Economic stats

3,571 Number of Digital Jobs ?
0.69 Digital Concentration ?
97 million Digital GVA ?
34 Startup Births ?
171% Turnover Growth
36,323 Average Advertised Digital Salary ?

Standard of living

7.43 Life Satisfaction ?
146,391 Average House Price ?
4 Housing Affordability Ratio ?

Cost of doing business

What local startups say is good

91% Overall Quality of Life
86% Tech Sector Growth Potential
84% Cost of Living

What local startups say is a challenge

60% Lack of Supply of Highly Skilled Workers
45% Poor Digital Infrastructure
40% Poor Transport Infrastructure
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