Guildford Computer Games Industry – a local success story
A growing and important business sector.
Guildford has built a strong community of world class Computer Games businesses. This gives the area a strong base of skilled IT technologists. Gaming technology is incratingly used in other IT application areas e.g. Visualisation of Town Planning, Simulation Technology etc.
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November sees the second Guildford Games Festival, supported by the UK’s games industry trade body UKIE and age ratings advisory body AskAboutGames and sponsored by Guildford Borough Council and Enterprise M3 LEP
The event goes global in 2020, being held online and expects to reach an even wider international audience through video game distribution network Steam.
The 2020 line-up features an industry expert helpline and careers guidance, plus video reports on the prestige and success of the industry in Guildford at a time when the digital games sector continues to thrive in Guildford despite the huge economic challenges being posed by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Both DPS Games (formerly known as Wargaming UK) and EA Games – best known for FIFA, The Sims and Madden NFL – have expanded their offices in town. DPS Games has tripled the size of its headquarters at Guildford Business Park, now taking 35,000 sq ft of office space, and is also recruiting 22 new UK staff as part of its expansion plans. This follows the recent expansion of EA Games’ headquarters at Onslow House.
Some of the industry’s biggest and most innovative developers are also based in Guildford, including Criterion, Hello Games, Media Molecule and Supermassive.
Full details of the Festival will be announced via the Guildford.Games website in mid-October.
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