Employment in the UK games sector grew by 4% in 2012, ending three years of decline.

Research carried out by industry trade association TIGA also found that investment from studios rose from £411 million to £427 million between 2011 and 2012.

Investment levels are still below their peak in 2008 but they are shown to be growing at a steady pace.

Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA, said:

‘The sector’s return to growth has been driven by three factors. Firstly, the increasing prevalence of mobile and tablet devices have created a growing market for games: studios are setting up to meet this demand. Secondly, the closure of big console based studios has been followed by an explosion of small start-up companies. Thirdly, the advent of Games Tax Relief, which TIGA was instrumental in achieving, is already stimulating growth.’

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