chapter  6
The UK and Irish Game Industries: Aphra Kerr
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This chapter will look at the origins, present state and key policy issues facing the games industry in the United Kingdom (UK), including Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (R. of Ireland); home to memorable titles like Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, SingStar and Little Big Planet and middleware technology by companies like Havok. This chapter explores the origins of the industry in the 1970s and 1980s, the impact of globalization in the late 1990s and the emergence of an industry discourse focused on international competition, upskilling and labour shortages over the last decade.