• Manchester is the UK’s gaming capital, with developers earning £49,878 on average yearly. 
  • London comes second, with 1,404 gaming companies in the city. 
  • Liverpool is the third gaming capital of the UK.  

New research has revealed that Manchester is the gaming capital of the UK. 

A study by online casino guide 6takarakuji analysed and ranked companies that develop video games, universities offering computer science and the average salaries of game developers in every major city of the UK to award each city an index score, revealing the country’s gaming capital.  

The study reveals Manchester as the UK’s gaming capital, ranking first on the list. There are 46 gaming companies in the city, measuring one for every 12,000 people.  The University of Manchester ranks top among the seven universities offering computer science in the city. Game developers in the city rake in an average of £49,878 annually.  

The second UK gaming hotspot is London. The capital city’s gaming statistics equate to 6,268 people per company, the highest in the UK. Imperial College London is top among the city’s 35 universities offering computer science. Individuals eyeing a game developer role can expect an average of £58,922, the highest on the list. 

Liverpool is the third-best city for gaming. Companies such as Playrise and Thumbstar Games are among the 26 in the city, with developers earning an average salary of £49,047 yearly. Five universities in the city offer computer science, with the University of Liverpool ranking as the best in the city.  

Cardiff follows narrowly in fourth on the table. Home to Gamersclub, the city boasts 35 gaming companies. In the Welsh capital, a game developer can earn £4,071 on average every month, and there are two universities offering computer science, namely Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University.  

Ranking fifth on the list is Bristol. The city’s gaming companies equate to 11,522 people per company, totalling 41, they include Introvert Studios, Paper Street Games and ColePowered. Universities offering computer science courses in the city are the University of Bristol and University of the West England Bristol. Game developers here can take home an average salary of £46,580 annually. 

Edinburgh is the UK’s sixth gaming city, with 33 gaming companies measuring 16,788 people to one. There are five universities in the city offering computer science namely the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.  Game developers can expect an average salary of £44,882, yearly. 

Newcastle upon Tyne ranks seventh, with the strongest population-to-university ratio of 30,020 people to one. The city’s average annual salary for game developers sits at £43,083. There are 11 gaming companies here.  

Sharing the same spot is Nottingham, with three universities offering computer science and 26 gaming companies in the city. Game developers in Nottingham can expect an annual salary of £41,955 on average. 

Coventry comes eighth, having 23 gaming companies in the city and three universities offering computer science. In ninth place is Leeds, with an average game developer salary of £57,609 but a weak population-to-gaming company ratio of 50,750 people to one. 

Looking at the study, a spokesperson from 6takarakuji commented: “This study reveals that people looking for a career in the gaming industry are spoiled for choice with the opportunities across the country, but especially in Manchester. The city offers a great combination of learning and work opportunities, and gaming events like Play Expo and Anime & Gaming Con are just a few of many taking place this year.” 

 The study was conducted by 6TAKARAKUJI, an online casino guide offering its audience a gaming and entertainment experience. 



Rank  City  Gaming Company to City Population   Computer Science University to City Population  Game Developer Annual Salary  Index score 
1  Manchester  12,000   78,857   £49,878  10 
2  London  6,268   251,423   £58,922  14 
3  Liverpool  18,696   97,220   £49,047  17 
4  Cardiff  10,354   181,200   £48,858  18 
5  Bristol  11,522   236,200   £46,580  21 
6  Edinburgh  16,788   110,800   £44,882  22 
7  Newcastle upon Tyne  27,291  30,020  £43,083  23 
7  Nottingham  12,450   107,900   £41,955  23 
8  Coventry  15,013   115,100   £44,664   24 
9  Leeds  50,750   162,400   £57,609   25 
10  Sheffield  16,864  278,250  £45,186  30