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Indie Games and Contestable Markets

Geoff Riley

2nd August 2013

Here is a great example of the fast-changing dynamics of the computer gaming industry. Indie gaming studios are proving more nimble, innovative and ultimately smarter than the blockbuster console franchises who have dominated the industry for years. The rise of smartphone and tablet gaming has spawned a new type of gamer and a new type of game with opportunities and challenges for all players. 

The video games industry in the UK continues to expand. By the end of 2012 it was estimated that there were 118 more studios and 336 more creative staff than there had been in 2011. Studios also invested £427m in games.

See also: Britain becomes a nation of digital multi-taskers (OFCOM report, August 2013)

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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