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Minister tours state-of-the-art development studio

Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey has visited the newly-expanded home of one of the UK’s oldest games studios.

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The Creative Assembly, in Horsham, West Sussex, has doubled the size of its office to create a state-of-the-art development space.

The firm, which was acquired by multinational games company SEGA in 2005, is best known for producing the Total War series.

Mr Vaizey said the studio’s expansion was a “huge vote of confidence” in UK game developers’ skills and talents and emphasised the Government’s support for the digital and creative industries. Measures to promote the sector’s growth were announced in the Budget earlier this year.

The Minister said:

“It’s been a real privilege to meet some of the developers today and see what goes on behind the scenes. It’s quite something to think that the video games that local people will buy in a few years are being imagined and created right now, right on their doorstep.

“I’m a real fan of the games industry; it’s one of our most innovative and exciting industries. Through the Government’s Plan for Growth and the creation of a Creative Industries Council we are making sure we create the right conditions to support video games developers and all the UK’s creative industries.”

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Published 16 May 2011