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Skip to 0 minutes and 15 secondsPlaying a game is something we learn at an early age, and the act of play can help us learn new skills and connect us to new worlds. Today, the global gaming industry is worth $152 billion, and its growth is on the rise, with more diverse games being produced for different platforms, and large scale Esports events staged all over the world. Games just aren't about competition though. Sometimes, they tell a story, enable us to connect with others, or teach us about wider issues. Welcome to an introduction to indie games. In this course, we will explore the Indie games sector and learn about how games get made.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsWe will meet game makers who produce different kinds of experiences, and hear about their creative process. From design, to programming you will learn what skills are important for exploring a career in the games industry and get an understanding of what it takes to pitch, fund, and bring diverse ideas to life. You'll hear about the key tools being used in the industry, and learn about exciting developments we can expect to see in the future. And of course, you will have a chance to share your own experiences of playing games and explore potential new ideas of your own. From mobile to console to immersive games, see how this creative and collaborative industry could inspire you to get involved.

Skip to 1 minute and 42 secondsSo let's get ready to play.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to this introductory course on independent games. We have many brilliant, creative people to tell you more about indie games and their experiences in the industry. Before we kick off, let’s examine how important and influential the games industry is.

It might surprise you to know that in the UK alone, the games sector employs more than 16,000 people in full-time roles and generates £2.87bn in gross value-added product (GVA) to the economy. London’s game sector alone is a billion-pound industry, employing more than 5000 people.

But you don’t need to be in a city like London to make games. 55% of game development jobs are based major cities in the UK, with Scotland also cultivating a thriving games scene.

And you might be thinking now of the big games studios - Sony and Nintendo, but they make up a tiny proportion of the industry. 99.5% of all UK games companies are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with fewer than 250 employees, and a further 13.7% are micro-businesses, with fewer than 10 full-time employees.

It’s these independent creators and small enterprises that we will focus on during this two week introductory course. Who are they, and how do they make their games? Let’s find out.

Further reading: UKIE’s regional economic impact of the UK games industry

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Introduction to Indie Games

UAL Creative Computing Institute