Is Windsor, Berkshire set to become Europe’s online gaming capital? 1 global gaming platform, 2 global game publishers, 500,000 Youtube viewers, 1 million Twitter followers and 4 million Facebook fans can’t be wrong!
Recently Konami, producers of DanceDanceRevoltion, Deca Sports, Karaoke Revolution & Pro Evolution Soccer to name a few, joined 2k Games producers of Sid Meier’s Civilization, Borderlands, who’s sister company Rockstar Games produces of Grand Theft Auto, and the global gaming platform Nintendo, by taking offices in Windsor, Berkshire.
Windsor is popular with tourists who tend to pop in for the day, visit Windsor Castle and then leave town with only around 10% staying over, see the council statistics below. A number of corporate conferences make use of the town, Windsor Castle making for a most historic & majestic back drop to proceedings! This provides a few jobs for the youngster.
Windsor becoming a hub for online gaming companies would be excellent news for our young people, many of whom will be gaming fans and so working in an industry that they love would make for a great atmosphere around the town.
If you are an International Gaming company reading this then please contact Paul Britton at www.thamesvalley.co.uk, they have all the governmental support in place to help with your transition.
If you are an individual or small business interested in gaming then post a “yeehaa” comment below and tell us what you’d like to see in Windsor to attract you to gaming in the town.
Jonathan L Davey
The Berkshire Blog
Headline statistics for Windsor
• In 2011, 7.33m visitors came to the Royal Borough for business or pleasure with about 9.5% staying overnight within the Royal Borough. Of these, 75% stay in serviced accommodation and about 0.5% in self catering. The remainder make up the “visiting friends and relatives” market, not surprising as we have a mobile and relatively affluent resident population and Windsor is a garrison town.
• The domestic market makes up about 72% of visitors to the Royal Borough; and the overseas market about 28%. With the surge in the short break market in recent years, the Royal Borough, in partnership with local hotels has been well placed to offer excellent heritage breaks, family fun weekends, high life breaks and country sports breaks.
• Tourism is worth £578.2 million to the Royal Borough per annum. Spend by sector in 2011 was as follows:
1. £67.45 million: Accommodation
2. £136.19 million: Retail
3. £140.23 million: Catering
4. £44.74 million: Attractions, Events and Entertainment
5. £59.30 million Travel
• Supporting 7,200 jobs, tourism is perhaps the largest sector of employment, in volume terms, in the Royal Borough. Unlike other industries, tourism tends to select from the local population and, therefore, the multiplier spend effect is greater in this industry than in many others.