Learn more about Scotland's thriving gaming industry by visiting the Scottish Development International Pavilion, West 2400, at E3, May 10-12, 2006. Demo the latest games from top developers, such as Genuine Games and OuterLight and meet with key industry players from this part of the world, including execs from Real Time Worlds, F4G Software, and TPLD.
Scotland is one of the leading gaming centers in the world creating games and gaming technology that have revolutionized the industry. It boasts the highest proportion of game developers per head of population of any country in the world, according to Scottish Development Int'l.
Scotland's University of Abertay Dundee was the first university in the world to offer courses in software engineering computer games technology a trend that is advancing now in the U.s., France and Canada.
The digital media and creative industries in Scotland are estimated to be worth annual sales of $6.1 billion, providing more than 100,000 jobs and accounting for 4% of Scottish GDP.
The main aims of the Scottish Development group are:
* Partnership investments between Scottish and other companies to open new channels to markets, technologies and products.
* Increase trade growth by encouraging the expansion of Scotland's portfolio for first class exported goods and services to new markets.
* Help to strike licensing deals between Scottish and overseas companies and universities.
* The attraction of direct investment, concentrating on research, design and development projects with high knowledge content.
* The enhancement of companies' internationalization capabilities through international strategy development.
In October 2001, the Scottish Executive launched its new strategy for Scotlands international economic development. The Scottish Development International was formed, replacing the former inward investment group, located in Scotland and the former export promotion group, Scottish Trade International.
Scottish Development International is 100% government funded and is jointly operated by the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise. Headquartered in Glasgow, Scottish Enterprise is the main economic development agency for Scotland covering 93% of the population from Grampian to the Borders. SDI (www.scottishdevelopmentinternational.com) has offices in the U.K., mainland Europe, North America and Asia.