London for games

London gives games companies access to talent, a welcoming community of big names, and financial support via funding and tax credits for R&D and the Video Games Tax Relief. Find out why London is a great market for games companies.

1. Games success

Some of the world’s biggest global successes – Football Manager, Monument Valley, Candy Crush Saga, the Batman Arkham series – are all made in London. Those famous games are matched with a network of expert games studios and publishers, like Activision Blizzard, SEGA, Sony Interactive Entertainment, King, Bossa Studios, Riot Games and Improbable.

2. VR/AR talent

Recruit in the top hub for VR/AR talent in Europe. Having world-class talent with VR/AR skills and more than 350,000 developers, London is home to more developers than both Paris and Berlin.[1]

3. Growth incentives

The Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) allows studios to claim back 20% of qualifying spend for a game wholly developed in the UK or European Economic Area. 345 games companies were granted Video Games Tax Relief in 2017/18.

London is a great place to be located. It provides access to the UK's tremendous tech talent, and is also an attractive place to work for the global talent vital to growing a tech business.

4. Investment hotspot

Let London invest in your games. Europe’s largest ever Series B funding round was secured by London-based Improbable.[2] The $502m round was led by SoftBank in 2017 and followed by a further $50m from China’s NetEase in 2018.

5. The next wave

Play big: new giant esports venues are planned across the city to host esports leagues and tournaments, including a London arena. Explore the Red Bull Sphere or the Wanyoo esports Studio and get excited.

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