Boosting European Games Industry
The digital games market is a fast growing market within Creative Industries: the global demand for digital games is expected to grow 10% annually in the next years. By now, the European games industry contributes more than 3,5bn euro to the economy and employs more than 100.000 people, including 60.000 skilled jobs. Games could represent a new source of growth for European economy but many regions are still missing adequate policies and funding schemes which could sustain this market. Therefore the development of strong digital and interactive media strategies is high on the agenda throughout Europe.
The aim of the BOO-Games project is to support regional development authorities in understanding the importance of the games industry for the European economy.
In particular, the project focuses on the challenges policy makers are either not yet aware of or which they already face, as game relevant questions move up on the political agenda due to their economical and societal impact. Thus the project will centre on different elements, like: public funding, private investment incentives, talent incubation, cluster development and improvement of public perception of digital games potential as well as risk management for public authorities in the communication on game related matters.
Matching together regions more advanced regions in this field with less experienced regions, the project will promote mutual learning by means of interregional cooperation, ultimately contributing to the improvement of the effectiveness of local development policies targeting the digital and interactive media.
This project is part funder by the INTERREG IVC programme.
The interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional development Fund, helps Regions of Europe to work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge abd potential solutions are also on hand for regiobal policy-makers.
01/2012 – 12/2014
Coordinator Contact details:
Ms Soizic Linford
Coventry University Enterprises Limited (CUE)